Please note that the application includes two components:
1. CAAPID Application
2. Penn Dental Medicine PASS Supplementary Application
The 2018-19 CAAPID Application Cycle will open March 1, 2018.
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, ADEACentralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID).For more information or questions regarding this application, email: email@example.com 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 June 1, 2018. 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:
- Official copy of a Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by ECE(Educational Credential Creditors). The Course-By-Course evaluation report provides the U.S. equivalence of each educational credential plus a list of courses taken and their U.S. and grade equivalents. It also identifies upper level courses and grade point averages. For more information, visit www.ece.org.
- Three letters of evaluation — One letter must come from the dean or director of the applicant’s dental school on letterhead with signature. One letter must come from a faculty member of the same institution on letterhead with signature. One letter must come from a faculty member, dental professional, or a work supervisor on letterhead with signature. Additional letters of evaluation from supervisors of work performed in the U.S. are highly encouraged.
Penn Dental Medicine PASS Supplementary Application
Penn Dental Medicine PASS Program Supplemental Application: The application for the next cycle will be available February, 2019.
Please Note: It is in the applicant’s best advantage to submit the documents listed below well in advance of the deadline and prior to submitting the CAAPID application. Along with the Supplemental Application, the following documents must be submitted directly to:
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
- Application Fee — It is recommended that you submit a non-refundable $75 application fee with the Supplemental Application. Personal check or money order in U.S. dollars should be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Electronic or cash payments are not accepted.
- National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) Part I scores — An official NBDEPart I passing score is required for all applicants. Although NBDE Part II is not required, a passing score may enhance an applicant’s credentials.
- Official NBDE scores are to be submitted electronically through CAAPID. Prior to May 1, 2018, CAAPID will submit scores to Penn Dental on a weekly basis via email. After May 1, 2018, CAAPID applications will include official NBDE scores.
- Applicants must submit NBDE scores by the June 1, 2018 deadline.
For information and registration materials, visit the American Dental Association – Testing or contact : The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 324-1694.
- Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores — An official TOEFL score is required for all applicants (including native English speakers) who have received their dental degree from a non U.S. dental school. Native English speakers may substitute the DAT Reading Comprehension score in lieu of the TOEFL exam. The following options are acceptable for submission of scores:
- Official scores may be submitted electronically through CAAPID OR
- Official scores may be submitted in paper form directly from ETS TOEFL to Penn Dental Office of Admissions OR
- Official scores may be submitted in paper form, in a sealed envelope from ETS, along with your PASS Supplemental Application.
- Scores may be submitted separately if you do not have them when you submit your PASS Supplemental Application.
NOTE: Notarized copies are not accepted.
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 January 2018 was 101.
TOEFL scores from 2015 and earlier will not be considered.
For information and registration materials, visit TOEFL Penn Dental Medicine’s TOEFL Institution Code is 2944 and the Department Code is 38 or 00 or “undergraduate”.
Note: Due to the high volume of applications (more than 800 for the 2017-2018 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.
Selection Factors for Interview
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.
- GPA – Careful consideration will be given to those with a minimum grade point average of 3.1. The average GPA for the PASS class entering in 2018 was 3.5.
- Applicants who have passed NBDE Part I. Although NBDE Part II is not required, a passing score may enhance an applicant’s credentials.
- 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 January 2018 was 101.
- Applicants with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the profession will be considered for a personal interview.
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 and Thursdays.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.
Selection Factors for Admission
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 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 rolling basis until the class is full. A class size of approximately 25-30 is anticipated for the class entering January 2019. 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 September 15. Both deposits will be applied toward tuition. Applicants accepted after September 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. Please note that TOEFL scores from 2015 and earlier will not be considered.
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