Program for Advanced Standing Students, DMD
The Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) is designed for graduates of foreign 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 foreign-trained dentists to take licensing exams in any state. PASS students are expected to successfully complete all competencies required in the 4-year program.
Upon matriculation in January, PASS students will join the second year DMD class by participating in all ongoing preclinical and laboratory courses. PASS students will NOT be required to take any second year basic science courses but instead will participate in an additional, specially designed preclinical laboratory/seminar program.
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 abroad or in the U.S. 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.
Students begin to function as dental practitioners during their third year. Didactic courses provide a deeper and more sophisticated foundation of knowledge in the clinical disciplines. However, the bulk of the third year is spent providing general patient care in a variety of settings. This includes assignments to Primary Care Units in the general clinic and rotations in various specialty clinics. In addition, students provide patient screenings and education in community-based dental health programs at schools, health fairs, geriatric centers, and homes for disabled persons. Third-year students also participate in the Selectives Program.
|Third Year Courses|
|DPED 704||Pediatric Dentistry L/B|
|DCOH 708||Health Promotion S|
|DCOH 712||Community Oral Health|
|DRST 740||Restorative Dentistry L|
|DRST 741||Comprehensive Care C Fal|
|DRST 742||Restorative Dentistry SP|
|DPED 751||Pediatric Dentistry Clin|
|DENT 752||Ethics III|
|DORT 753||Orthodontics II|
|DEND 756||Endodontics Clinic|
|DOMD 760||Oral Medicine L|
|DOMD 761||Admissions and Emergency|
|DOMD 764||Od&E Medical Clerkship|
|DOSP 770||Oral Surgery L|
|DOSP 772||Oral Surgery Clinic|
|DRAD 777||Radiology Clinic/Seminar|
|DPRD 780||Periodontics L|
|DPRD 781||Periodontics Clinic|
|DCOH 785||Practice Management|
|DORT 788||P and I Clinic|
|DRST 789||Clinical Seminar|
|DENT 790||Multidisciplinary Sem|
The fourth-year curriculum continues to expand the intellectual and clinical experiences of students, including a two-week hospital externship. Students continue to attend PCU clinical seminars in which they present clinical cases where the integration of knowledge, skills, and values is emphasized. Coursework is designed to augment the basic knowledge in the first three years. By graduation, students will have demonstrated the competence, confidence, and maturity to qualify as safe, beginning independent general dental practitioners.
|Fourth Year Courses|
|DORT 803||Adjunctive Orthodontics|
|DCOH 808||Health Promotion|
|DCOH 812||Community Oral Health|
|DRST 841||Comprehensive Care C|
|DPED 851||Pediatric Dentistry Clin|
|DEND 856||Endodontics Clinic|
|DOMD 861||Admissions and Emergency|
|DOSP 872||Oral Surgery Clinic|
|DPRD 881||Periodontics Clinic|
|DOMD 887||Hospital Assignment|
|DRST 889||Clinical Seminar|
The Penn Dental Medicine’s Selectives Program enhances the predoctoral curriculum by allowing students to individualize their education to reflect their own professional interests. Selectives are offered from October to June each year, and includes didactic, clinical, community dental health service, and research opportunities. Many Selectives occur in small group seminars or individualized settings that promote close student-faculty interactions.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.