Dentist

Dentists are responsible for identifying, preventing, and treating problems and anomalies with the teeth and gums. Dentists are the guardians of healthy teeth and sparkling smiles.

Employment outlook

Good
Employment opportunities are good in Nova-Scotia

Prerequisits

Introduction to Biology (with lab) - 6 credits

Introduction to Chemistry (with lab) - 6 credits

Introduction to Physics (with lab) - 6 credits

Organic Chemistry - 6 credits

Introduction to Biochemistry - 3 credits

Introduction to Microbiology - 3 credits

Vertebrate Physiology - 6 credits

Writing Course - 6 credits

Social and Human Sciences - 12 credits

Dental Aptitude Test - Canadian or American

Three letters of reference

Interview

Daily tasks

  • Manage patients at the time of their admission
  • Diagnose dental diseases, injuries and cavities and decide on the appropriate treatment
  • Establish personalized treatment programs
  • Restore, extract, and replace diseased and decayed teeth
  • Write medical prescriptions for patients
  • Fill in patients’ medical charts and progress made
  • Advise other health professionals when working as a team

Required skills

  • Ability to assess, plan and implement a care program
  • Be able to react quickly and effectively in an emergency
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Have an excellent analytical and synthesis spirit
  • Have excellent dexterity
  • Love physical work and handling of instruments

Salary

$55,31 / hour *

Annual salary at 40h per week: $115 045

Min hourly rate: $13,42 / h ($27 914)

Max hourly rate: $80,00 / h ($166 400)

* Median rate according to Statistics Canada

Work locations

  • Hospital center
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private clinic

Training institutions

Available scholarships in Nova Scotia

  • Dalhousie University

Type of diploma obtained

Bachelor of Health Science

Years of study: 4

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