ADEA DHCAS Applicants

ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS ®) is the centralized application service for applicants to all levels of dental hygiene education programs - entry level (certificate, Associate degree and Baccalaureate degree), degree completion (Associate to Baccalaureate) and graduate. For applicants who wish to become dental hygienists, or are licensed hygienists and would like to continue their education, ADEA DHCAS is the place to research programs and submit an application. Save time and energy by completing one application for multiple programs. 


ADEA DHCAS 2016-17 Application Cycle
September 15, 2016 - August 31, 2017

DHCAS Apply Now image
(Right click on the button, and open the link in a new window.)

Applicants who applied through ADEA DHCAS in the previous (2015-16) application cycle who wish to view their applications may do so by clicking here and logging into their account with their existing log on information. Applications from the 2015-16 cycle are available for review only. No new applications may be submitted.


ADEA membership is not a requirement to apply through ADEA DHCAS.



Applying through ADEA DHCAS

Check out the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine page search for programs and find program requirements before you apply.

It is your responsibility to select the correct program level:

  • Entry Level: These are programs in dental hygiene are for those who are interested in becoming a dental hygienist. Applicants may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or postbaccalaureate degree. Following is a subset of the types of entry-level programs offered: 
    • Entry Level Associates
    • Entry Level Bachelor
    • Entry Level Certificate
    • Entry Level Postbaccalaureate
  • Degree Completion: These programs offer a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene for licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (or CODA) accredited dental hygiene program.
  • Graduate: These programs offer a master’s degree in dental hygiene for licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program and hold a bachelor’s degree.  


Learn More About Applying

  • All participating programs have a profile on the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine. Search by program type, program name, teaching methods or state. Profiles include contact information, program requirements and program descriptions.
  • Connect with other dental hygiene applicants and students on ADEA GoDental .
  • Every applicant must have a DENTPIN® to initiate an ADEA DHCAS application. To request a DENTPIN, visit the American Dental Association.
  • Licensed dental hygienists can fill out the DENTPIN request form to retrieve their existing DENTPINs. 


ADEA DHCAS Customer Service 

Customer service is available to applicants for assistance with application process, content or status questions.

Customer service hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Representatives can be reached via phone or email:
Phone: 617-612-2095
Email: dhcasinfo@dhcas.org