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 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 Academic and 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.

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Admissions & Program Calendar
July 10, 2015 Application Deadline
Summer 2015-October 2015 Interviews
Summer 2015 Admissions decisions begin on a rolling basis. Non-refundable first deposit due within several weeks of notification.
December 15, 2015 Non-U.S. citizens begin I-20 student visa applications
December 1, 2015 Non-refundable second deposit due
February 25, 2016 PASS preparatory program fee deadline (approximate date)
March 28, 2016 PASS preparatory program begins (approximate date)
June 13, 2016 PASS preparatory program ends (approximate date)
June 27, 2016 – July 22, 2016 Clinic Session I
July 25, 2016 – August 19, 2016 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
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The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030