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University of Minnesota Program for Advanced Standing Students


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Program for Advanced Standing Students


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

A total of 16 students will be admitted in the Class of 2019.

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, 2017 through May, 2019) 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 2017). 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 10-12 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. 

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