The Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) is designed for graduates of non-U.S. 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 internationally-trained dentists to take licensing exams in any state.

Upon matriculation in January, PASS students join the second-year class, participating in the entire curriculum.  Additionally, a limited amount of preclinical and laboratory sessions are offered to PASS students.

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 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, 2024 Application Deadline
June – August 2024 Interviews
Summer 2024 Admissions decisions begin on a rolling basis. A $1,500 non-refundable first deposit due within several weeks of notification.
September 1, 2024 Non-U.S. citizens begin I-20 student visa applications
September 1, 2024 A $2,500 non-refundable second deposit is due
January 2025 Tuition and fee deadline
January 6, 2025 PASS orientation
January 6, 2025 Classes begin for PASS students

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