ADEA DHCAS® Application Instructions


The American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) is the online application to many dental hygiene education programs for applicants who wish to become dental hygienists, or those who are already licensed hygienists and would like to continue their education. Save time and energy by completing one application for multiple programs. ADEA DHCAS applicants can search for participating programs by using the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine. Applicants may search by institution name, program type, or the state where the program is located. To access the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine, please visit

The ADEA DHCAS is cycle is open from September through August each year. Applicants can only open one application per cycle. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to read, understand and follow all ADEA DHCAS and program-specific instructions.

Applicants can begin an application by visiting In order to complete the application, an applicant must complete five sections: Program Selections, Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials.