Penn Dental Medicine

Academic Programs & Admissions

Program for Advanced Standing Students

The Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) is designed for graduates of foreign 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 (ADA) before granting licensure. To prepare non-U.S. trained dentists, Penn Dental Medicine offers a two-year program which leads to a DMD degree. Successful completion of the program allows foreign-trained dentists to take licensing exams in any state.

The program starts with an 11-week mandatory preparatory program from late March through June in which students review the skills and knowledge taught in the first two years of the dental curriculum, along with the School’s “principles of treatment.” The preparatory program also includes sessions in the School’s Virtual Reality Laboratory which simulates a clinical setting through high-tech virtual reality units that feature a stylized patient mannequin and create a realistic learning context for practicing and perfecting dental procedures.

The PASS preparatory program also provides several lectures that will allow foreign dentists to enhance and strengthen their communication skills in the English language. Support and advisory services are provided through the Office of Student Affairs. This program enables PASS students to make a smooth transition into the clinics in the summer

Third- and Fourth-Year Dental Curriculum

Following the completion of the preparatory program, students will be fully integrated into the class where they take part in all academic and clinical experiences in the third and fourth years of dental school. This includes participation in externships abroad or in the U.S. and the Selectives course offerings to customize a student’s educational experience. No special or separate teaching is conducted for the PASS program students. Please refer to the DMD curriculum for a complete description of the third- and fourth-year curriculum. 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.

See Admissions Process and Requirements »

Admissions & Program Calendar
July 15, 2014 Application Deadline
Summer 2014-October 2014 Interviews
Summer 2014 Admissions decisions begin on a rolling basis. Non-refundable deposit due within several weeks of notification.
December 15, 2014 Non-U.S. citizens begin I-20 student visa applications
February 20, 2015 PASS preparatory program fee deadline (approximate date)
March 31, 2015 PASS preparatory program begins (approximate date)
June 12, 2015 PASS preparatory program ends (approximate date)
June 29, 2015 – July 24, 2015 Clinic Session I
July 27, 2015 – August 21, 2015 Clinic Session II

Upon successful completion of the PASS preparatory program, all PASS students will be fully integrated into the third-year class and curriculum. All third-year students will be eligible for a four-week summer break in either July or August depending upon their clinical assignments.


Office of Student Admissions — PASS Program
Robert Schattner Center

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030

Telephone: 215-898-0558
Fax: 215-573-9648

Saveet Mangat
“It has been motivating to see firsthand the success of faculty who have graduated from a foreign dental school like I have and are now pursuing their careers as some of American dentistry’s leading clinicians, teachers, and researchers.”
Saveet Mangat
Read more »

Program & Faculty Features

Respecting the Past, Reflecting the Future

The Evans Building Centennial Renaissance

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2014

Read PDF »

Strategic Growth & Development

Q&A with Dean Denis Kinane

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2014

Read PDF »

Starting Over

Two couples' long journey to the school's Program for Advanced Standing Students

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2011

Read PDF »

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