ADEA DHCAS℠ Applicants

Check out the ADEA DHCAS℠ Search Engine page to 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.

ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service 

DHCAS Apply Now image

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

The ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) is the centralized application service for applicants to dental hygiene programs. 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 applicants can search for programs before applying by using the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine.

The ADEA DHCAS application is open from September 15, 2014 to August 28, 2015. 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.

Learn More:

  • 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.

Prepare to Apply

Application Instructions

This page includes the general application instructions, frequently asked questions, and information about the fee assistance program.

Short on time? Click here for a printable ADEA DHCAS Checklist.


Customer Service is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Phone Number: 617-612-2095