How do I become an Oral Surgeon?

Presently there are 2 training centres in our region that provide specialist training in oral surgery.


University of Sydney

New Zealand

University of Otago

These programs both offer a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Degree – DClinDent (Oral Surgery) which is a full time training program in the surgical specialty. The objective of the Oral Surgery training programs are to prepare graduates for a successful and productive career in the specialty and be leading examples of clinical excellence in the dental profession. The programs are designed to develop the clinical, academic, and communicative skills that will provide for diversified career options. The educational experience is progressive in nature offering increasing responsibilities as trainees proceed through the program. Each postgraduate trainee is encouraged to formulate and implement an original project beginning in their first year of training which will comprise the research component of their DClinDent degree.

Requirements for entry may vary slightly between training centres. However, they usually

    • A dental degree and full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand
    • At least two years general dental practice experience
    • Completion of the primary examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or its equivalent.

There are 13 dental specialties in Australia which are approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (the Ministerial Council). ‘Oral Surgery’ is one of these thirteen specialties.

For more information regarding the separate training programs that are combined with a medical qualification please refer to The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons website which provides detailed information on the FRACDS (OMS) pathway including the application process.

What if I am an overseas trained Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral Surgeons with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for registration in Australia should contact the Dental Board of Australia.

Oral Surgeons with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for registration in New Zealand should contact the Dental Council of New Zealand.