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Graduate Dental Education Program Admissions Requirements

A U.S. or international dental degree is required for admission to all Penn Dental Medicine Graduate Dental Education (GDE) programs with the exception of the Pediatric and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency programs, which will only accept a U.S. dental degree.

Applicants who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS degree (e.g. individuals holding a BDS or other international dental degrees) must provide additional documentation in order to be considered for admission. This additional documentation requires evaluation of their academic credentials by an approved agency.

Application Procedures

Please note that the application includes two components:

  • PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • Penn Dental Medicine GDE Supplementary Application Requirements

PASS Application

Penn Dental Medicine participates in ADEA’s centralized application PASS program. The application must be completed via the ADEA PASS website. For more information or questions regarding the application service, contact PASS customer service by email: passinfo@passweb.org to:passinfo@passweb.org or telephone: (617) 612-2065 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET) Mondays through Fridays except U.S. federal holidays). The 2017-18 PASS Application Cycle will open May 17, 2017.

The PASS application must be submitted to the centralized application service by the specified program deadline. Applications received after the deadline by the centralized application service will not be processed.

Penn Dental Medicine Dental Specialty Program Application Deadlines

Specialty Program Application Deadline
Endodontics August 15
Oral Medicine November 1
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery see specific admissions requirements and procedures
Orthodontics September 1
Pediatric Dentistry October 1
Periodontics August 15
Periodontics/Orthodontics September 1
Periodontal Prosthesis August 1
Prosthodontics August 15
Master of Science in Oral Biology see respective specialty application deadlines
Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) with Certificate see respective specialty application deadlines
Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) without Certificate November 1, see separate admissions application requirements and procedures

The following documents must be submitted with the PASS Application to ADEA’s centralized application service.

Official dental school transcript is required to complete the ADEA PASS application. One of the following must be received to fulfill this requirement: official U.S. dental school transcript or foreign dental school transcript.

Institution Evaluation FormIEF (also called the dean’s letter) is an evaluation of the applicant completed by the dean or designated official of the dental school attended. NBDE scores or results, GPA and class rank (if applicable) are also included in the IEF.

Professional Evaluation FormPEF is the traditional letter of recommendation that is required for every applicant. Penn Dental Medicine requires 2 PEFs for applicants.

Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts – Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for each undergraduate college attended to the ADEA PASS Search Engine. Do not send official college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.

Penn Dental Medicine GDE Supplementary Application Requirements

It is in the applicant’s best advantage to submit the documents listed below well in advance of the application deadline and prior to submitting the PASS application. OMFS and DScD applicants should review specific admissions requirements and procedures. The following documents must be received and/or postmarked by the program deadline and submitted directly to:
Office of Student Admissions — GDE Programs
Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030

Note: The Office of Admissions cannot be held liable for any delays caused by the U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery systems. All application materials and documents become the property of Penn Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant.

The Penn Dental Medicine GDE Supplemental ApplicationDownload and Complete the Supplemental Application »

Application Fee – It is recommended that you submit the non-refundable $90 application fee with the completed GDE Supplemental Application. There are no application fee waivers. Personal check or money order in U.S. dollars should be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Electronic payments are not accepted. Please include your PASS ID number on your check.

Official National Dental Board Scores (NBDE) Part I – An official NBDE Part I passing score is required for all U.S- educated dentists. Although an official NBDE Part II passing score is not required for admission, it is required from U. S.-educated dentists for matriculation into Penn Dental Medicine’s GDE programs. Internationally educated dentists may submit official NBDE scores in support of their application.

  • Effective November 30, 2016, printed official National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) result reports will no longer be sent via mail. If your exam has not been scored by this date your results will only be available online. This updated process will expedite result reporting by removing time spent delivering physical reports and eliminating issues that may be caused by sending the results via mail (i.e. delays, incorrect addresses, etc.). If you have further questions please contact the Department of Testing Services at nbexams@ada.org.
  • When completing the request for the NBDE results, it will require the applicant’s email address, organization or institution name and contact name to which the results will be sent electronically.
  • Please include our email PDMGradDentalEdu@pobox.upenn.edu Attn: Admissions Coordinator or Director of Admissions.
  • The link will allow 7 days to access results.
  • Applicants must submit official NBDE Part I scores by the program application deadlines.

For NBDE information and registration materials, visit the American Dental Association – Testing or contact: The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 324-1694.

ADA ADAT Scores (ADA Advanced Dental Admission Test)ADAT Scores are not required for admission to Penn Dental Medicine Graduate Dental Education Programs. ADAT scores will be accepted if available through the ADEA PASS application when released by the ADA.

Additional Admissions Requirements for International Applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score report is required for all international applicants (including native English speakers) who received their dental education from a non U.S./Canadian dental school. There is no waiver of this requirement. Official TOEFL scores can be submitted with the GDE Supplemental Application in a sealed envelope or directly from the ETS TOEFL agency. Scores may be submitted separately if you do not have them when you submit the GDE Supplemental Application. Penn Dental Medicine’s TOEFL Institution Code is 3143 and the Department Code is 38. Although there is no minimum TOEFL score, serious consideration will be given to applicants with Internet-based test (IBT) scores of 90 and above. For information and registration materials, visit TOEFL website.

Dental Degree Documentation – Applicants who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS (e.g. individuals holding a BDS or other international dental degrees) must provide additional documentation in order to be considered for admission. This additional documentation requires evaluation of their academic credentials by an approved agency. The following agencies have been approved to meet this admissions requirement. No internationally educated applicant will be considered for an interview without this evaluation document. Please contact one of the following approved agencies for assistance:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Education Evaluators International
Education International, Inc.
International Education Research Foundation

Additional Information for International Applicants

All matriculating candidates are required to obtain training licensure if they do not hold a current dental license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. International candidates who do not have a U.S. dental degree are subject to this requirement. A U.S. doctorate in dental medicine or dental surgery (DMD/DDS) degree is required for all Penn Dental Medicine GDE programs. Individuals who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS (e.g. individuals hold a BDS or other international dental degrees) need to have their academic credentials evaluated by an approved credentialing service. See list of approved credentialing services above. The credentialing evaluation report must clearly state degree equivalency in dental medicine or dental surgery. No student will be allowed to matriculate into Penn Dental Medicine without an official evaluation report from an approved credentialing service.

Penn Dental Medicine is unable to offer financial assistance, including loans, scholarships, and/or assistantship, to those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants who are accepted into the program must demonstrate proof of adequate personal financial resources to cover all years of the program before a Student Visa application is issued.

Foreign-trained dentists planning to practice dentistry in the United States after completion of a graduate dental education program, must obtain a dental degree from a U. S accredited dental school in order to secure a license to practice dentistry. There are over 30 U.S. dental schools that provide DMD/DDS degree programs for foreign-educated dentists. For more information on these programs visit the ADEA.org CAAPID application service website.

Reapplying to Penn Dental Graduate Dental Education Programs

Individuals who were not accepted to a residency program in prior years are encouraged to reapply. Beginning with the 2017-18 application cycle, all reapplicants are required to apply through ADEA’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants who wish to reapply to the Penn Dental Medicine’s GDE programs must submit all required application documents. Reapplicants may submit any relevant documents and/or records that support any recent achievements or additional training in addition to a statement describing any changes from previous applications.

Contact

Office of Admissions — GDE Programs
Robert Schattner Center
Penn Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030
Telephone: 215-898-5792 or 215-898-8943 (M-F 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Fax: 215-573-9648
Email: PDMGradDentalEdu@pobox.upenn.edu

Penn
The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030