University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Program Description

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (U of M SOD PASS) is a 29-month program designed for graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada seeking to practice dentistry in the United States or Canada.

A total of 15 students are admitted each year.

Most states in the United States require a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and subsequent passage of a licensing examination before a license can be issued. (For further details on states that accept graduate training in lieu of a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree from a CODA-accredited school, contact the American Dental Association or the appropriate state’s dental board.)

The U of M SOD’s Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) will prepare non-U.S.- and non-Canadian-educated dentists for a future career in the United States. The PASS program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, allowing a successful graduate to seek a license to practice dentistry in the United States.

Smooth Integration

The PASS program is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the U of M as well as provide a successful integration into the clinical years and the profession, allowing for a long and successful career.

PASS students are integrated into the second-year class. PASS students also participate in separate lectures and preclinical sessions during the first semester of the program. As they proceed through their third and fourth years of dental school, they take all courses and clinical experiences with U of M SOD fourth-year dental students.

World-class Education

U of M SOD’s PASS students receive the same clinical education as any other student graduating from the School of Dentistry. A highlight of the education is the outreach program, when students spend 10 weeks in outreach clinics in the Twin Cities and in rural areas. Students work with the newest technology, learn to work with a chair-side assistant, treat several patients per day and experience opportunities for future practices.

Former PASS students say they especially enjoyed the smaller size of the program, the great clinical education, the outreach program and that there are never any chair issues.

Finally, we are the only school in the United States that offers its dental students the opportunity to take the Canadian Licensing Board Examination for those who want to practice in Minnesota or in Canada. 

Contact Information

Janet Campanaro
School of Dentistry University of Minnesota
15-136 Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Telephone Number: 612-625-6950
Email Address:

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months
Application Deadline: Aug. 14, 2020
Start Date: January 2021 
Class Size: 15
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

Program only accepts internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (iBT) examination results. Other requirements include the following:

  • Examination must have been completed within the last three years.
  • The iBT is mandatory.
  • The iBT total score must be 94 or above and with a score of 20 or above in each of the four evaluations.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Applicant must submit NBDE Parts I and II examination results. Examination must have been completed within the last 10 years. Candidates who have passed the NBDE Parts I and II may not retake the exam unless required by a state board or relevant regulatory agency.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • ADAT is not a requirement at this time.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Submit as part of supplemental application.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Submit an Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) evaluation report of all courses based on mark sheets and transcripts. Our requirement for credit hours is 126 and above.

Supplemental Application

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Additional Requirements