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.

Third Year

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 704Pediatric Dentistry L/B2.75
DCOH 708Health Promotion S0.5
DCOH 712Community Oral Health0.5
DRST 740Restorative Dentistry L4.75
DRST 741Comprehensive Care C Fal4.0
DRST 742Restorative Dentistry SP4.0
DPED 751Pediatric Dentistry Clin1.25
DENT 752Ethics III0.25
DORT 753Orthodontics II1.75
DEND 756Endodontics Clinic2.75
DOMD 760Oral Medicine L1.25
DOMD 761Admissions and Emergency1.5
DOMD 764Od&E Medical Clerkship1.0
DOSP 770Oral Surgery L2.25
DOSP 772Oral Surgery Clinic1.0
DRAD 777Radiology Clinic/Seminar0.75
DPRD 780Periodontics L2.0
DPRD 781Periodontics Clinic5.25
DCOH 785Practice Management0.25
DORT 788P and I Clinic0.75
DRST 789Clinical Seminar1.25
DENT 790Multidisciplinary Seminar1.25

Fourth Year

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 803Adjunctive Orthodontics0.5
DCOH 808Health Promotion1.0
DCOH 812Community Oral Health1.25
DRST 841Comprehensive Care C14.0
DPED 851Pediatric Dentistry Clinic1.25
DEND 856The Endodontic Clinic2.0
DOMD 861Admissions and Emergency2.5
DOSP 872Oral Surgery Clinic2.0
DPRD 881Periodontics Clinic5.0
DOMD 887Hospital Assignment6.25
DRST 889Clinical Seminar1.25


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.