University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) is designed for graduates of international dental schools who want to practice dentistry in the United States. Most states require a degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association before granting licensure. Penn Dental Medicine offers a 29-month program that leads to a D.M.D. degree to prepare non-U.S. trained dentists.

Upon matriculation, PASS students will join the second semester of the second year by participating in all ongoing preclinical, laboratory and didactic clinical courses. PASS students will not be required to take any second-year basic science courses, but instead will participate in an additional, specially designed preclinical laboratory/seminar program. Following the successful completion of the second year, students will be fully integrated into the class, and they will take part in all academic and clinical experiences in the third and fourth years of dental school. Students participate in a modern health care delivery system, which simulates general practice. In addition, they rotate through the specialty departments and work under the preceptorship of master clinicians.


Contact Information

Menty Bayleyen 
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-898-0558
Fax: 215-573-9648
Email: sdm-pass@dental.upenn.edu  

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months
Program Deadline: June 1, 2021
Application Open Date: March 4, 2021
Start Date: January 2022
Class Size: Approximately 35-40
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.



Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam to be considered for admission. No exceptions.
  • Must submit original TOEFL score directly to ADEA CAAPID® prior to the application deadline.
  • Score must be current within two years of the June 1 application deadline.


Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT will not be considered during application review for admission to the program.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID:
    • One letter must come from the dean or director of the applicant's dental school on letterhead stationery with signature.
    • One letter must come from a faculty member of the same institution on letterhead stationery with signature.
    • One letter must come from a faculty member, dental professional or a work supervisor on letterhead stationery with signature. Additional letters of evaluation from supervisors of work performed in the United States are highly encouraged.


Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a comprehensive “course-by-course” evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).

Clinical Experience

  • An important factor in the selection process for participants in PASS is the applicant’s demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with patients in the clinical setting. Therefore, important consideration will be given to applicants with significant clinical experience both outside the United States and in the United States/Canada:
    • Non-U.S. clinical experience—experience as a practicing, licensed dentist in home country will be evaluated.
    • U.S./Canada clinical experience—strong preference will be given for candidates with significant clinical experience in the United States and Canada, such as shadowing (paid or unpaid) dental practices and working as dental assistant and/or dental hygienist.


Residency Status

  • Penn Dental Medicine is only accepting applications from students who currently reside in the United States and hold a valid visa status.


Application Fees

  • The $75 non-refundable application fee should be submitted directly to the Penn Dental Medicine Office of Student Admissions. Electronic payment is available by completing the payment form when the admissions cycle opens.
  • No application fee waivers are available. It is recommended that the application fee and the supplemental application are submitted at the same time, well in advance of the application deadline.
  • Please refer to the Penn Dental Medicine PASS web-site for detailed information regarding admissions and application requirements.