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University of Minnesota Program for Advanced Standing Students


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Program for Advanced Standing Students

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

Please read the information below carefully since there are changes to the program for the PASS Class of 2017

Most states in the U.S. require a degree (DDS/DMD) from a dental school accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and subsequently passing a licensing examination before a license can be issued (for further details on states accepting graduate training in lieu of a DDS/DMD degree from a CODA accredited school contact ADA or appropriate states’ dental board). The University of Minnesota’s Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) will prepare non-U.S. and non-Canadian educated dentists for a future career in the US. Successful completion of the twenty-nine month (January, 2015 through May, 2017) UMN-PASS program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, allowing a successful graduate to seek a license to practice dentistry in the U.S. Candidates should be aware of that states may have different requirements for licensure and are urged to seek information from the Board of Dentistry in a state where they plan to practice or from ADA. The UMN PASS program is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the University of Minnesota, provide a successful integration into the clinical years, and into the profession allowing for a long and successful career.

Integrated Program

UMN PASS students are integrated into the second-year class. UMN PASS students will also participate in separate lectures and preclinical sessions, during the first semester of the program (January 2015). As they proceed through their third and fourth years of dental school they take all courses and clinical experiences with University of Minnesota 4-year dental students. UMN PASS students receive the same clinical education as any other student graduating from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. A highlight of the education is the outreach program when students spend 6-8 weeks in our outreach clinics in the Twin Cities and in rural areas. Students will work with the newest technology, learn to work with a chair side dental assistant, treat several patients per day, and experience opportunities for future practices.

PASS graduates are eligible and prepared to sit for the regional board examination of most, if not all, state/regional examination of their choice. Since 2010 University of Minnesota School of Dentistry offers our students the opportunity to take the Canadian non-patient based licensing examination for practice in Minnesota and Canada. We continue to offer our students to complete the CRDT (Central Regional Dental Testing) examination. 

Changes in the program from previous years

The UMN PASS program has over the years undergone changes to strengthen the program. Beginning with the Class of 2016, the program will now be twenty nine (29) months long.

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