ADEA AADSAS Statement of Ethical Conduct, AADSAS Applicant Code of Conduct, and Advisor Release Statements

Ethical Conduct in Applying to Dental Education Programs

This statement of ethical conduct relates to all individuals seeking admission to pre-doctoral dental education programs. The beginning of the application process is the time to understand and abide by the principles set forth in this document.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have developed this statement in collaboration, as both organizations play roles in the admissions process. ADEA sponsors the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) and the ADA sponsors the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).


The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct states:

The dental profession holds a special position of trust within society. As a consequence, society affords the profession certain privileges that are not available to members of the public-at-large. In return, the profession makes a commitment to society that its members will adhere to high ethical standards of conduct. These standards are embodied in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (ADA Code). The ADA Code is, in effect, a written expression of the obligations arising from the implied contract between the dental profession and society.


Members of the dental profession voluntarily abide by the ADA Code in the interest of protecting patients and maintaining the trust of society as a whole. Submission of an application to a dental education program is the first step in the process of becoming a member of the dental profession. With the application comes the obligation to uphold the highest level of honesty and ethical behavior. An applicant is to be held to the same high standards for truth, full disclosure, and accuracy in the application process as a member of the dental profession is expected to aspire to in their capacity as a member of the profession. Applicants to pre-doctoral dental educational programs are expected to understand and comply with the standards expressed in this statement in their applications for admission to dental school and their applications to take the DAT.

Behavior that results in misconduct or irregularity in the dental education program admissions process is a very serious matter. An applicant who acts unethically risks being denied admission to dental education programs. Moreover, such unethical actions, if disclosed after enrollment in a program or at the beginning of dental practice, can result in more serious outcomes. It is important that applicants understand the significance of exhibiting professional behavior throughout their careers, starting with the application process.

ADA and ADEA expect strong ethical behavior in all persons who are and who aspire to become members of the profession of dentistry. Applicants may contact both associations for more information about their policies and procedures applicable to misconduct and irregularities in the dental school admissions process.


Release Statements:

ADEA AADSAS Applicant Code of Conduct

By my signature below, I certify that I have read the ADEA statements, "ADEA - ADA Ethical Conduct in Applying to Dental Education Programs" and "ADEA AADSAS Applicant Code of Conduct,"and that the information I have provided in this ADEA AADSAS application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I authorize ADEA AADSAS to investigate any information, including my educational background, disciplinary history, and record of criminal convictions that it believes is relevant to my application. I acknowledge my responsibility to notify ADEA AADSAS in the event of any material change in the information I have provided. I give my permission for my current and former employers, educational institutions, and personal references to provide information that they may have about me in response to inquiry from the ADEA AADSAS. I understand that omitting relevant information or providing misrepresentations or false or misleading information in my application and/or supporting documents or during the application process may result in the suspension of my application and/or other actions, including the possibility of expulsion from a school of dentistry, if enrolled.

I acknowledge and agree that my sole remedy in the event of any proved errors or omissions related to the handling or processing of my application by ADEA AADSAS is to obtain a refund of my ADEA AADSAS application fee.

I give permission for ADEA AADSAS to release information to my designated schools of dentistry. I also authorize the use of such information for research, applicant tracking and reporting purposes.

  • I agree to the terms of this certification statement.

Your certification of this statement serves the same purpose as a legal signature and is binding.

You are required to carefully read the Ethical Conduct in Applying to Dental Education Programs and agree to the Release Statement in order to submit your ADEA AADSAS application.


Advisor Release Statement

Checking the Advisor Release Statement permits your advisor to view information about the status of yourapplication. Your ADEA AADSAS application will be processed regardless of whether you do so or do not certify the statement below. ADEA AADSAS encourages you to certify this statement to enable your advisor to be aware of your admission status.You cannot make changes to this item after submitting your application to ADEA AADSAS.

I give permission for ADEA AADSAS to release selected information about the status of my ADEA AADSAS application, including DAT scores, to the chief health professions advisor and the health professions advisory committee of the post-secondary institution(s) I have attended. By releasing this information, advisors are better able to assist applicants in the application process and advise applicants in the future.

  • I give permission for ADEA AADSAS to release selected information to my Pre-Health Profession Advisor.
  • I do not give permission for ADEA AADSAS to release selected information to my Pre-Health Profession Advisor.

Your certification of this statement serves the same purpose as a legal signature and is binding.


NOTE: ADEA AADSAS strongly encourages you to give permission to release selected information about the status of your application to your health professions advisor. Having this information helps your advisor provide services to you and informs the advisor about the success of students from your college/university in being admitted into dental schools. However, your application will not be adversely impacted if you do not agree to have your status information released to your health professions advisor.