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 and a half year program which leads to a DMD degree. Successful completion of the program allows foreign-trained dentists to take licensing exams in any state.

Upon matriculation in January 2019, PASS students will join the second year class by participating in all ongoing preclinical and laboratory courses. PASS students will NOT be required to take any second year basic science courses but instead will participate in an additional, specially designed preclinical laboratory/seminar program.

Third- and Fourth-Year Dental Curriculum

Following the successful completion of the second year, 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
June 1, 2018 Application Deadline
May 2018- July 2018 Interviews
Summer 2018 Admissions decisions begin on a rolling basis. A $1,500 non-refundable first deposit due within several weeks of notification.
September 15, 2018 Non-U.S. citizens begin I-20 student visa applications
September 15, 2018 A $2,500 non-refundable second deposit is due
January 2, 2019 Tuition and fee deadline
January 2019 PASS orientation and classes begin for PASS students
July 1, 2019 – July 26, 2019 Clinic Session I
July 29, 2019 – August 23, 2019 Clinic Session II

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 Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Fax: 215-573-9648

Program for Advanced Standing Students

Program & Faculty Features

Student Profile: Wael Isleem (D’18)

A Life-Changing Journey

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2017

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PASS at 30

Providing Foreign-Trained Dentists a Path to Practice

Penn Dental Journal,

Spring 2016

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