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 15, 2020
Application Open Date: March 5, 2020
Start Date: January 2021
Class Size: Approximately 35-40
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.



Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • 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 15 application deadline.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Part I to be considered for admissions.
  • Must submit original NBDE Part I results directly to ADEA CAAPID prior to application deadline.
  • Although NBDE Part II is not required, a passing score may enhance an applicant’s credentials.

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 of Evaluation from the dean or principal of the dental school from which the applicant graduated, on official letterhead with signature and title;
    • One Letter of Evaluation from a faculty member of the dental school from which the applicant graduated, on official letterhead with signature and title; and
    • One Letter of Evaluation from another faculty member, dental professional or work supervisor on official letterhead with signature and title. 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 the 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 clinical experience both outside the United States and in the United States/Canada:
    • For Outside U.S. clinical experience, the program strongly prefers one year or more of full-time experience as a practicing, licensed dentist.
    • For U.S./Canada clinical experience, program strongly prefers one year or equivalent of full-time clinical experience, such as shadowing (paid or unpaid) dental practices, working as dental assistant and/or dental hygienist.

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.

Additional Requirements

  1. Due to the high volume of applications, it is recommended that complete applications be submitted well in advance of the deadline date.
  2. Please refer to the Penn Dental Medicine PASS web site for detailed information regarding admissions and application requirements.