About the DSATP

DSATP-01The Faculty of Dentistry will open applications to the Dental Specialty Assessment & Training Program (DSATP) for the 2025-26 program by June 18th.

The deadline is January 15th  for fully documented applications for programs commencing in the same year.

The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) is open to applicants non-accredited dental programs and want to practice in Canada.

The DSATP, commonly known as GAP training, assesses candidates’ didactic and clinical knowledge, skill and judgement in their specialty area and identifies area(s) that require additional training. For a prospective applicant to be admitted to the DSATP the required training to address knowledge and/or skill deficiencies must be completed in less than 12 months.

Upon successful completion of the DSATP, the Faculty of Dentistry will provide a certificate of completion to the student. Upon request the Faculty of Dentistry will provide a letter to the Royal College of Dentists of Canada confirming the student’s eligibility to write  the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

The Faculty of Dentistry offers DSATP training in the following specialties for 2025-26:

  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics

Please note: DSATP training in all specialties may not be offered in a given academic year.


Successful candidates to the DSATP are required to register in the following courses:

DENT 740 – Clinical Dentistry

DENT 778 – Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminars: Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning II

Successful candidates may be required to register in program specific coursework as determined by the Program Director and assessment results.