Please note that the application includes two components:
- CAAPID Application – The 2019-20 CAAPID Application Cycle opens on March 5, 2019.
- Penn Dental Medicine PASS Supplemental Application
Please note that the application includes two components:
DDS/DMD or equivalent from your home country. Provisional certificate is not accepted.
National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) Part I scores— an official NBDE Part I passing score is required for all applicants. Although NBDE Part II is not required, a passing score may enhance an applicant’s credentials.
Applicants must submit NBDE scores by the June 1, 2019 deadline.
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:
Clinical Experience – An important factor in the selection process for participants in the Program for Advanced Standing Students is the applicant’s demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with patients in the clinical setting. Therefore, important consideration will be given to applicants with clinical experience both outside the U.S. and in the U.S./Canada:
Penn Dental Medicine PASS Program Supplemental Application. The application for the 2019-20 cycle is now available and deadline is June 1, 2019. It is strongly recommended that you save a copy of your completed supplemental application for your records. All application materials and documents become the property of Penn Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant.
Application Fee-The $75 non-refundable application fee should be submitted directly to the Penn Dental Medicine Office of Student Admissions. Electronic payment is available by completing the Payment Form. No application fee waivers are available. It is recommended that the application fee and the supplemental application are submitted at the same time well in advance of the application deadline.
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: 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, 2019. 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:
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.
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.
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 25-35 is anticipated for the class entering January 2020. 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 2016 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