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Admissions to MOHS for Non-U.S-Trained Dentists

Application Requirements and Procedures

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be accepted between October 17, 2022 and April 14, 2023.

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All application materials and documents become property of Penn Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant.

MOHS Program Application – All applicants must submit an application through the Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) applicant portal by April 14, 2023 for the class entering August 2023.

Application Fee – A non-refundable application fee of $80 will be collected at the time of application.

Two Letters of Evaluation – One letter must come from the dean or director of the applicant’s dental school on letterhead stationery with signature. One letter must come from a faculty member of the same institution on letterhead stationery with signature. Any documents written in a foreign language (other than English) must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. Letters of evaluation from evaluators will be requested electronically by the applicant while completing the application in the applicant portal.

Official TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) ScoreAn official TOEFL iBT score is required for all applicants (including native English speakers) who have received their dental degree from a non-U.S. dental school. TOEFL iBT scores from April 2021 and later, or two calendar years prior to the program’s deadline, are required for admission. Penn Dental Medicine’s TOEFL Institution Code is 2944.

NBDE Scores – Not required but may be self-reported and uploaded in the PDM applicant portal and are not used for admission consideration.

Official Transcripts from Dental Schools and Residency Programs AttendedOfficial transcripts must be submitted from all dental schools and advanced certificate or degree program attended. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your institution to the mailing address below.

NOTE: If your transcript is not in English, a certified English translation must be sent to the mailing address below.

Dental Diploma – An original notarized copy of your dental diploma and any residency diplomas or certificates earned must be mailed to the address below. In the case where diplomas or certificates are not in the English language, a certified English translation is required for each.

Official Copy of a ECE Course-By-Course Evaluation of BDS Degree ProgramApplicants who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS (e.g. individuals holding a BDS or other international dental degrees) must submit a Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Course-by Course evaluation from every college and university attended in order to be considered for admission. This additional documentation requires evaluation of academic credentials by an approved agency. Your official ECE evaluation report must be requested to be sent electronically to Penn Dental Medicine directly.

Application Process

The MOHS Admissions Selection Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. We recommend that applicants submit completed applications with all documents well in advance of the April 14 deadline for interview consideration. Interviews will begin in March and final decisions will be communicated in early May. All admitted candidates with be notified by email.

Final decisions for acceptance are based upon review of the application and results from the personal interview. Final acceptance will be determined by the members of the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions will begin on rolling basis in May until the class is full. A class size of approximately up to ten students is anticipated for the class entering August 2023. Upon acceptance notification, applicants must submit a non-refundable deposit within several weeks of the date of acceptance. The acceptance deposit will be applied toward first semester tuition.

All admitted students will be required to undergo four criminal background checks in order to participate in clinical rotations as part of the curriculum. All admitted students must submit an official copy of the ECE Evaluation of their dental school transcript and submit official transcripts from colleges/universities for course work undertaken in the United States in order to matriculate.

For questions regarding the application process and procedures contact:

Office of Student Admissions
Penn Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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