ADEA DHCAS℠ Program Directors

Welcome to the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). This service will be launching August 12, 2013 is available to all individuals applying to dental hygiene programs participating in the application service. ADEA DHCAS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized application, allowing applicants to send in one set of materials and information for multiple applications. Program Directors will be signing up before July 1, 2013 to make sure their program is listed on the ADEA website.

Come take a look to see which participating programs you can apply to through ADEA DHCAS Search Engine.

Download the Participation Agreement Form

Programs from the following states have already signed up with ADEA DHCAS:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

What is ADEA DHCAS℠?

The ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application is an application service for dental hygiene programs at all levels. Managed by staff at the American Dental Education Association and processed by staff at Liaison International (ADEA's technology partner), ADEA DHCAS is a common application for dental hygiene applicants. It collects standardized information and distributes that information to select programs; collecting and sharing information is the primary goal of a centralized application service and programs retain autonomy to set application prerequisites, make admissions decisions, and transfer coursework. Liaison serves as the information clearing house only.

ADEA DHCAS provides a secure, online platform for programs to access applicants and track their progress while simultaneously providing customer service to applicants by phone and email. In addition to providing the verified application to the programs, ADEA DHCAS also provides an admissions management system called WebAdMIT. WebAdMIT is a dynamic site which allows for complex reporting, integrated communication, and management of the whole applicant pool. By working with multiple dental hygiene programs, ADEA DHCAS can also provide useful information on the profession as a whole.

The ADEA DHCAS Search Engine will compile information from programs and make it available to applicants. Information like class size, prerequisite requirements, and contact information will be available in the search engine.

How much does ADEA DHCAS℠ cost?

Programs can participate at no cost. Applicants are charged based on the number programs they apply to; the first designation is $95 and the additional designations are $45. This price aligns with college and allied common applications.

How do I learn more?

ADEA DHCAS℠: Application Content and Process  

 ADEA DHCAS online system: WebAdMIT Training

  Email WebAdMIT to schedule training at


Customizing your GPA's in WebAdMIT



When will ADEA DHCAS℠ be available to applicants and programs?

The Programs will be able to sign up at anytime.

The 2014 ADEA DHCAS cycle will open for applicants on August 12, 2013 and will close June 15, 2014. Programs will set their own application deadlines.

I have questions. Who can I talk to?

Erica Wasserman

Erica Wasserman, ADEA Director of Program Development,

Erica has experience working for a medical school in admissions and is familiar with the centralized application service.  

An ADEA DHCAS site visit can be arranged for both current participating programs, and programs that are not yet participating but wish to learn more about ADEA DHCAS.  Please contact Ms. Erica Wasserman at

Leah Pelto
, Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Programs Admissions at Pacific University and DHCAS Task Force Member

Leah works in admissions and has also worked with a CAS for another graduate health sciences program on her campus.

How I sign up my program?

Please fill out the participation form DHCAS Participation Agreement and return by email to It is requested that your program already receive the necessary authorization from all stakeholders at your institution, including the program director, admissions staff, and administration. Should you like assistance in speaking to key stakeholders, please contact Erica.