What Next After Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India- Opportunities in Canada Await You!


What Next After Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India- Opportunities in Canada Await You!


Are you waiting for the final results of your undergraduate (UG) program in dental surgery? Or have you already graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) UG degree in India?

You have landed on the right webpage! 

This post is designed to offer trusted overseas education & immigration advice for those in search of viable opportunities after completing a bachelor of dental surgery in India. We have identified Canada as one of the finest destinations to study postgraduate dental courses or work as a dental practitioner and settle permanently in a developed country. 


One of our clients opted for a longer path. 

After her BDS in India, she went on to start her own practice at a local clinic. Meanwhile, she also went on to pursue her MBA in hospital management in India. Nearly after three years of work experience as a hospital manager, she cleared IELTS and applied for the Master of Public Health (MPH) course in Canada. 

She got selected at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Canada. She is currently working as a Health Promoter at Southwestern Public Health, Canada and has equal chances of qualifying for Canada PR through a provincial nomination from Ontario PNP or even qualify for the federal Canadian Experience Class program under the Express Entry system. 

Postgraduate Dental Courses in Canada After BDS in India

The degree issued under the Canadian education system is renowned worldwide and helps you settle in a developed country more easily. The public universities in Canada also offer education to international students at a more affordable cost in terms of tuition fees and living.

After BDS in India, aspirants can choose the traditional approach to pursue a Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) or even apply for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in hospital management. Other alternatives could be to do a certificate course abroad in Canada in Nutrition & Dietetics. Becoming a successful lecturer/teacher is also a preferred option after BDS in India.  

International exposure by studying in developed countries like Canada improves your job prospects in national as well as international markets. There are certificate /diploma courses for dental practitioners as well as full-fledged postgraduation & management courses open to foreigners. Some of the popular PG dental courses in Canada are:  

Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Diploma in Dental Hygiene Masters in Paediatric dentistry
Certified Dental Assistant Certificate Masters in Orthodontics Masters in Craniofacial Science and Prosthodontics
M.Sc. in Periodontics Doctor of Dental Medicine Master in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dental Schools in Canada are usually accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. However, these accredited schools are also recognized by the following organizations due to reciprocal agreements: the Australian Dental Council and the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation 

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Ontario, Canada Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada College of New Caledonia, Prince George, Canada
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, Canada Cambrian College, Greater Sudbury, Canada Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, Canada
University of Manitoba University of Alberta University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada
University of British Columbia University of Toronto McGill University, Montreal, Canada
University of Saskatchewan University of Laval University of Western Ontario

While individual requirements for admission for PG Dental courses in Canada varies across universities, here are some common criteria for admissions: 

  • An aggregate of 60 percent and above in Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in India. Backlogs may be considered and subjected to university guidelines.
  • Language Proficiency score of IELTS 6.5 and above is required by the universities and colleges in Canada.
  • Mandatory submission of Dental Aptitude Test scores, an exam administered by the Canadian Dental Association twice a year in February and November. 
  • Proof of funds amounting to 10,000 CAD needs to be established for financial sufficiency.

We have had many of our clients settle abroad after studying at Dental Colleges in India. If you want to settle in Canada, we recommend you to pursue education from a reputed Canadian public university and then work in Canada before you could easily apply for a Canadian permanent residence visa. 

Permanent Residence in Canada for Dental Practitioners in India

Dentistry as an occupation in Canada is regulated. This means that any dental practitioner, either local or foreigner must obtain a certification and licensure before they can become eligible for employment in Canada. 

The National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) oversees the general dentist certification process of both Canadian graduates and those trained outside of Canada.

Unfortunately, an Indian Dental degree is a non-accredited dental degree according to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). You will have to complete the NDEB equivalency process before applying for the licensure to practise dentistry in Canada. 

Here’s a quick self-assessment tool run by NDEB to know more about the process of becoming a dentist in Canada after completing BDS in India.  

As easy as it may sound, the entire process is known to be resource-draining. Upon successful completion, you can apply for various jobs available for Dentists in Canada which fall under the NOC code list 3113. A Dentist in Canada may earn anywhere ranging from CA $120,000 – $240,000 annually and assume the following job titles:

  • Dental Surgeon
  • General Practice Dentist
  • Oral & dental surgeon
  • Endodontist
  • Implantologist- dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon
  • Oral medicine specialist
  • Oral radiologist
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Pedodontist
  • Periodontist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Stomatologist
  • Oral Medicine specialist
  • Oral surgeon

Aspirants may apply under the Express Entry system or qualify under any one of the participating Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to obtain permanent residency with/without a job offer in Canada. They can also be accompanied by their family to settle permanently in Canada. 

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