The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is a 29-month program for graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada, who seek to practice dentistry in the U.S.

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The application cycle for the UMN PASS class of 2019 is now closed. 

Most states in the U.S. require a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Assocation Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and passing a licensing examination, before a license can be issued. Successful completion of the UMN PASS program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, enabling a successful graduate to seek a license to practice dentistry in the U.S.

Note that each state may have different requirements for licensure, so candidates should seek information from the ADA or from the Board of Dentistry in the state where they plan to practice.

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Janet Campanaro
University of Minnesota
School of Dentistry
15-121 Moos Health Sciences Tower
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Program Director: Bashar Bakdash

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