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ADEA AADSAS Offers New Centralized Criminal Background Check Program

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Certiphi demos the new CBC program at the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & ExhibitionThe ADEA AADSAS application service invites dental schools to participate in a new criminal background check (CBC) initiative. Dental schools face increasing mandates by their parent universities to conduct CBCs on all matriculating students. Following a model in use by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), ADEA AADSAS and Certiphi Screening, Inc., present dental schools with a streamlined and straightforward process to meet their university requirements.

The new CBC initiative offers several benefits for participating dental schools. The program is offered at no cost to dental schools, as the cost for each check is born by the applicant. While the cost will vary for each individual due to location and other variables, the cost of a CBC will seldom exceed $100.

Dental schools that participate will increase efficiency in processing students, as the new CBC program is standardized, with minimal input needed from the school. The online process is convenient and causes little "wear and tear" on the students. Certiphi will provide training and the appropriate security measures for each dental school to conform to school-specific CBC requirements, including appropriate filters, viewing permissions, and more.

ADEA AADSAS will offer a seminar on best practices for dental schools in handling students flagged by CBCs at the ADEA Sections on Dental School Admissions Officers and Student Affairs and Financial Aid (ADEA AFASA) meeting during the ADEA 2010 Fall Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Currently, the new CBC initiative is available only for ADEA AADSAS dental school applicants. ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID) and ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) are currently exploring CBC initiatives for the 2012 application cycle.

The new process will launch on June 3, 2010, for the 2011 AADSAS application cycle. Interested schools are invited to contact Chonte James  to sign up or for more information.

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