Education Credentials

Get information on requesting a transcript, requesting a replacement diploma, and verifying education credentials.

Requesting a Transcript

Transcripts for Penn Dental Medicine graduates of class years 2000 and after, or before 1978 are generated by the Office of the University Registrar by mail or in person. The Office of the University Registrar does not accept e-mail, fax or phone requests for transcripts.

Transcript requests for Penn Dental Medicine alumni who graduated between 1978-1999 should be e-mailed to the Office of Academic Affairs. There is a processing fee of $10 per transcript. Payment must be made by mail and will only be accepted in the form of a check or money order made out to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. Overnight express shipping is available for an additional fee of $30 per mailing.

Information required for the transcript request includes:

  • Full Name (as it appears on your student record)
  • Date of birth
  • Dates attended
  • Degree received
  • Number of transcripts requested
  • Address(es) where the transcripts are to be sent
  • E-mail address and daytime phone number where you can be contacted

(please do not submit your Social Security Number)

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Office of Academic Affairs
School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-746-1459
Fax: 215-898-5243
E-mail: PDMCredentialing@dental.upenn.edu

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; The School of Dental Medicine observes the University traditional policy of being closed the week between the Christmas and New Year Holiday.

Requesting a Replacement Diploma

In the event that a diploma is lost or destroyed, replacement requests must be made directly to the Office of the University Secretary. The replacement cost is $75-$100. Replacement and duplicate diplomas take eight to twelve weeks to produce.

The Office of the University Secretary also offers certified translations of the diploma upon request, without charge. These documents provide the English text of the Latin appearing on diplomas.

Verifying Education Credentials

Verification of Education for Employers: Employers wishing to verify the education of a Penn Dental Medicine graduate must submit their request verification AND a release signed by the student via mail (to the address below), fax (215-898-7506) or scan/e-mail to Office of Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs. Verifications cannot be completed without the signature of the alumna/us. Please include the graduate’s name at time of attendance. No fee will be assessed.

Alternatively, employers wishing to verify the education of a graduate from 2000 or later may contact the National Student Clearinghouse. A fee will be assessed.

Verification of Attendance for DMD Alumni: Alumni requiring verification of attendance, listing the degree award date, degree received, and dates of attendance should mail (to the address below), e-mail Office of Academic Affairs, or fax their request to 215-898-7506. Please list your full name (as it appears on your student record), contact information, date of birth, degrees received, date of attendance, and addresses to which the letter(s) should be sent. This letter is written on official School letterhead, contains the signature of the Dean, and is embossed with the seal of the School of Dental Medicine. No fee will be assessed.

The Office of the University Secretary offers a notarized letter of certification upon request. Notarized letters of certification attest to the name of the graduate, the degree conferred, and the date of conferral. They are notarized and signed by the Secretary, and embossed with the seal of the University. A fee will be assessed.

Verification of Attendance for Residencies: Individuals who attended the School of Dental Medicine as residents and require certification of attendance should mail (to the address below), e-mail Office of Academic Affairs, or fax their request to 215-898-7506 Please list your full name (as it appears on your student record), contact information, date of birth, residency program attended (i.e. Periodontics), date of attendance, and address(es) to which the letter(s) should be sent. This letter is written on official School letterhead, contains the signature of the Dean, and is embossed with the seal of the School of Dental Medicine. No fee will be assessed.

Verification of Nitrous Oxide Certification: Individuals who require proof of completion of the Nitrous Oxide Certificate course should e-mail Office of Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs at Penn Dental Medicine or call 215-746-1459. Please allow ample time for this particular verification.

National Board Scores: National Board Scores are available through the American Dental Association (ADA) and are not stored at the School of Dental Medicine after graduation. To locate the order form for National Board score reports, vist the Joint Commission on National Board Dental Examinations web page; select Part I, Part II, or Dental Hygiene; and follow the instructions for Step 5.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Office of Academic Affairs
School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-746-1459
Fax: 215-898-5243
E-mail: PDMCredentialing@dental.upenn.edu

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