Criminal Background Checks

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) AADSAS has implemented a service for dental schools that wish to obtain a criminal background check on all admitted students. Individuals who are extended offers of admission to participating dental schools will be contacted by Certiphi® Screening Inc. after the admissions offers has been made to conduct a background check.

Applicants can view schools that participate in the ADEA criminal background check system by visiting the "Dental Schools Designation" section of their application.

Once accepted at a participating dental school, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will send an email to the preferred email address entered in the ADEA AADSAS application. This email will provide access to a secure online form that will provide basic identifying information and consent for this report to be procured. The consent will serve for all dental schools, and the applicant will not be asked to provide consent upon receiving additional, conditional acceptance offers by participating dental schools.

Once the applicant has provided consent, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will procure a national background check. Once the report is complete, Certiphi Screening Inc. will send an email to the applicant's preferred email address requesting him/her to review the report prior to its distribution. Upon reviewing this email:

  • Applicants will have (10) calendar days from the date this email is sent to review the report prior to this report being made available to the participating dental schools that request this report. If the applicant does not review this report, the report will be distributed after this period elapses.
  • The applicant will be provided with an opportunity to contest the accuracy of the contents of the report within the specified ten (10) calendar day period.
  • The report procured during this process will not be released to any party other than the dental schools requesting the report. ADEA AADSAS does not have access to this content. 

If applicants have any questions about the Centralized Criminal Background Check, please contact:

     Certiphi Screening Inc.
     Applicants inquiry only:
     Phone: (800) 803-9582
     8 am - 10 pm EST