Please note that the application includes two components:
1. CAAPID Application
2. Penn Dental Medicine PASS Supplementary Application
The 2015-16 CAAPID Application Cycle is closed for Penn Dental Medicine.
Penn Dental Medicine participates in the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). The CAAPID Application must be completed via the ADEA web site, ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). For more information or questions regarding this application, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 617-612-2235, Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
The CAAPID application must be submitted to the centralized application service by July 10, 2015. Applications received after the deadline by the centralized application service will not be processed. The following documents must be submitted along with the CAAPID application to the application service:
Penn Dental Medicine PASS Program Supplemental Application: Supplemental Applications for the 2016-17 Application Cycle will be available in March 2016.
Please Note: It is in the applicant’s best advantage to submit the documents listed below well in advance of the deadline. Along with the Supplemental Application, the following documents must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions- PASS Program, Robert Schattner Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 240 South 40th Street, Room 122, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030.
Note: Due to the high volume of applications (more than 950 for the 2014-2015 application cycle), it is recommended that complete applications be submitted well in advance of the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Admissions Office 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.
Applicants will be notified one time via email once his/her application has been received by Penn Dental Medicine and if any application documents are missing. This process may take up to two weeks once the CAAPID application has been received. There will be no subsequent notification of missing documents. All applicants will be notified via email once his/her application is complete. It is the applicant’s responsibility to apprise the Admissions Office of changes to contact information in order to assure accurate notification of status changes.
Penn Dental Medicine seeks applicants with exceptional educational and clinical backgrounds who have completed their dental degree in a non-U.S. dental school. Penn Dental Medicine looks for dental professionals who will advance oral health care and gives preference to those who also demonstrate a commitment to excellence and leadership through extracurricular activities, community service, research, academic preparation, clinical experience, and/or self experience in their home country and/or in the United States. Work experience (paid or unpaid) in dental or health related dental field as well as advanced education in a related field in the United States is an important consideration for an interview.
Careful consideration will be given to those with a grade point average of 3.1 and have passed Part I NBDE. The average GPA for the PASS class entering in 2015 was 3.4. Applicants with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the profession will be considered for a personal interview. Although there is no minimum TOEFL score, serious consideration will be given to applicants with Internet-based test (IBT) scores of 90 and above. The average IBT TOEFL score for the class entering March 2015 was 100.
Highly competitive candidates will be notified via email to interview at Penn Dental Medicine. While an interview does not guarantee acceptance, applicants with strong credentials are required to appear for personal interviews (approximately 70 candidates are invited to interview). PASS interviews are conducted on Tuesdays. The interview day starts at 8:30 a.m. and consists of an overview of the PASS program and financial aid, writing sample exercise, lunch discussion and tour of the dental school with current PASS students. There is no bench exam. There is ample time for the candidate to tour the Penn campus. Those who are not granted an interview will be notified via U.S. Postal Service.
An important factor in the selection process for participants in the Program for Advanced Standing Students is the applicant’s demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients in the clinical setting and to learn successfully within the academic environment. Successful candidates will demonstrate both strong written and verbal skills during the interview process. The writing sample topic will be distributed on the day of the interview.
Final decisions for acceptance are based upon review of the application, results from the personal interview and submission of a writing sample. Final acceptance will be determined by the members of the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions will begin on a rolling basis until the class is full. A class size of approximately 25-30 is anticipated for the class entering in 2016. Upon acceptance notification, applicants must submit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit within several weeks of the date of acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit in the amount of $2,500 is due December 1. Both deposits will be applied toward the preparatory program fee. Applicants accepted after December 1 are obligated to pay both deposits totaling $4,000 within 10 days of acceptance.
All reapplicants must submit a CAAPID application, Penn Dental PASS Supplemental Application with essay responses and application fee. Documents from a prior application (NDBE Part I scores, ECE Course by Course Evaluations, TOEFL scores, and letters of evaluation) can be carried forward if they are available from our record archives. In addition to all application documents mentioned, reapplicants must also submit a reapplication statement describing any changes from previous applications relating to NDBE scores, TOEFL scores, educational experience, and/or dental related experience, if applicable. Failure to submit a reapplication statement will reduce interview consideration. Please note that TOEFL scores from 2012 and earlier will not be considered.
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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