A Pandemic Resource Guide for Dental Education


To assist ADEA members in their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), ADEA developed this guide with information and lists of resources related to student affairs and enrollment management.

It is divided into the following sections:

  1.  Risk and Crisis Management in Higher Education, *new update*
  2.  Academic Advisement Resources,
  3.  Admissions and Enrollment Management,
  4.  Career Services,
  5.  Community College Resources,
  6.  Financial Aid Resources,
  7.  Student Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion Resources,
  8.  Testing Services,
  9.  Well-being and Resiliency,
  10.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources and
  11.  Medicaid Clinical Resources.

Additionally, ADEA has identified some resources as recommended reading.


CDC Preventive COVID-19 Measures

Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including flu and COVID-19, by complying with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your sneeze, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid handshaking or cheek-kissing as greetings—use the elbow bump instead.

Visit U.S. CDC Coronavirus Situation Summary to receive up-to-date information on COVID-19.


The Science of Social Distancing *new update*

Join APHA and NAM for COVID-19 Conversations Webinar 1

We will focus on what we know about how the disease is spread; the targeted and layered nature of social distancing and its mental/social/economic impacts; the state of the science on social distancing as an effective intervention; and historical lessons from past pandemics.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Includes audience Q&A)
Register Online

NIH Disaster Information *new update*

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information

Visit the NLM COVID-19 page or www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus.

Infectious Diseases Education & Assessment (IDEA) *new update*

Developed at the University of Washington, the IDEA platform provides information for learners, educators and managers, and academic and government partners.

Dental Education’s Response to COVID-19 (Recommended)

COVID-19 response including updates and resources provided by ADEA leadership and member institutions.

COVID-19 Response ADEA Connect Community (Recommended)

To facilitate a collaborative space for our faculty and administrators to address COVID-19, ADEA has created the COVID-19 Response Community, a new COVID-19 Response ADEA Connect community where members can connect, engage and share information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with fellow colleagues.

InsideHigherEd (Recommended)

This site provides “LIVE updates” and the latest news on the COVID-19 and campus responses.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Recommended)

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) (Recommended)

Check this site for accreditation statement updates related to COVID-19.

National Academy of Medicine—Duty to Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards of Care, and Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

The principles of crisis standards of care (CSC) initially framed by the Institute of Medicine in 2009 ensure fair processes are in place to make clinically informed decisions about scarce resource allocation during an epidemic. This may include strategies such as preparing, conserving, substituting, adapting, reusing and reallocating resources.

In this discussion paper for health care planners and clinicians, the authors discuss the application of CSC principles to clinical care, including personal protective equipment, critical care and outpatient and emergency department capacity challenges posed by COVID-19 or other major epidemic or pandemic event.

The American Association of Governing Boards (AGB) for Universities and Colleges

American Council on Education (ACE)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (Recommended)

This website provides guidelines to help U.S. institutions of higher education plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.

American Dental Association (ADA) (Recommended)

This website provides the ADA’s recommendations and guidance for all aspects of the dental team regarding COVID-19. It also includes an FAQ for ADA members.

Canadian Dental Association (CDA) (Recommended)

CDA provides updated information for the dental community on COVID-19, and the impact how the pandemic affects each region in Canada.

American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)PDF (Recommended)

This resource provides information about COVID-19 to the dental hygiene community and includes additional resources and a health care personnel preparedness checklist.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) (Recommended)

This resource provides updates and recommendations for dental hygienists in responding to COVID-19.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

AAMC provides updates on how COVID-19 is affecting their meetings. It also provides the latest information on the operating status of AAMC services, such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), American Medical College Application Service (MCAS), the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Program, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the Fee Assistance Program (FAP).

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

This website provides resources for nurse educators and includes regularly updated school news and resource information.

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

This link is the joint response of Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) and PAEA regarding planning for COVID-19 and guidance for PA programs.


National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)

The NAAHP is an organization of health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad. The NAAHP has created an online forum dedicated to providing Health Professions Advisors with information about institutional response to COVID-19.


ADEA GoDental® (Recommended)

Provides updated information on application services and the process of applying to dental schools and allied dental programs.

The Chronicle of Higher Education—2020: The Year That Shredded the Admissions Calendar, March 15, 2020 (Recommended)

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) (Recommended)

On this website, AACRAO provides a plethora of information—from web resources to case studies—on handling campus-based medical outbreaks as well as emergency management information.

International Association of College Admissions Counseling (IACAC)

The IACAC website features a resource section, a webinar and articles of interest to students and families on COVID-19. IACAC is monitoring the situation globally and updating its resources accordingly.

National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

As a service to students and families, NACAC has created an online tool that is a central repository of information on campus closures, deposit deadlines and other admission-related changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

To keep the community up to date on what is happening both in terms of NACE events and on-campus and in-college recruiting, NACE has created the Coronavirus Updates page. This website provides members with easy access to the latest results from NACE’s quick poll of members, articles about how members are managing the virus in their organizations and institutions and news about the NACE conference and other NACE events. NACE also provides a space for its members to share resources.

NACE plans a series of virtual Town Hall meetings to give its members and the larger community the opportunity to get the latest information and insights as well as share their questions and experiences.


American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 

Similar Approaches for Dealing With COVID-19

This article from the AACC’s Community College Daily states that Community College leaders and faculty have already begun to convert classes to online formats using platforms such as Zoom or Canvas, along with providing professional development training for instructors.

Many community colleges are also bringing online their support services, such as tutoring, libraries, help desks and more. However, college leaders have noted that bringing classes online presents other challenges. For example, some community college students don’t own computers or have access to the internet at home, which are issues for many tribal college students.


Federal Student Aid (FSA)—Office of the Department of Education (Recommended)

FSA created this website to assist anyone concerned about their studies or loan repayment. The site provides information that can help with understanding what to do in certain circumstances. FSA will be adding information for students, borrowers and parents to this page on a regular basis.

The U.S. Department on Education—Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Recommended)

This electronic announcement provides an overview of financial aid compliance when a student or campus has been impacted by the COVID-19. The financial aid guide also discusses implications for clinical rotations.

National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

The NASFAA website features a section called “Today’s News,” which provides information on legislation and guidance regarding financial aid in the United States.


National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) (Recommended)

NASPA has assembled resources related to COVID-19.

The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

CACUSS provides a live Twitter feed with updates on how Canadian campuses are responding to COVID-19.

National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA)

NAFSA provides a list of critical resources for institutions to utilize and implement on their respective campuses. The website includes a letter provided from NAFSA to the Department of Homeland Security and includes feedback about what international educators are doing to combat COVID-19.

Association of College and University Housing Officers—International (ACUHO-I)

The ACUHO-I conducted a survey of housing officers to decipher common practices to engage with students who must remain in residence halls during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

BEYOND THE FOOD PANTRY: Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID19PDF

The Hope Center has prepared this document that provides considerations and resources to keep students, faculty and staff healthy, safe and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

The U.S. Department of Education (OCR) has issued a “Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing Potential Discrimination Associated with COVID-19

U.S. Department of Education Webinar

OCR released on March 17 a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students’ civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure.


DAT and Prometric Test Centers

Provides the most updated information on taking the Dental Admissions Test as well as related testing center information and closures.


Provides updates on closure of U.S.- and Canadian-based, Pearson VUE-owned test centers related to COVID-19.

College Board

College Board will provide additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled exam administrations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The College Board will be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. The June 2020 SAT administration has not yet been cancelled and the College Board will continue to assess its status—with the health and safety of students and educators as their top priority.


Due to the health and safety concerns for both their test takers and test center staff stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, TOEFL®, GRE® and HiSET® testing has been affected in many countries.
Visit the ETS site for more information regarding testing in your area.


American Council on Education (Recommended)

Managing Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Crisis Webinar
In this webinar, campus leaders discuss how faculty, staff and students are responding to the COVID-19 crisis, with a focus on personal and institutional responses to handling uncertainty and related stress. 

The American Health College Association (AHCA)

AHCA provides guidelines (dated March 3, 2020) developed by the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force with support from the American College Health Foundation, college health staff and campus administrators in preparing for COVID-19 and related issues on campuses.

National Academy of Medicine Launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (Recommended)

This hub identifies evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being at both the individual and systems levels.

American Student Dental Association Health and Wellness (Recommended)

This site includes information and resources related to well-being and health due to a decrease in exercise, changed eating habits, stress or depression for dental and allied dental students.


Directory of Local Health Departments

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (Recommended)

CMS provides information and updates about public health emergencies that are happening now, including links to CMS guidance for stakeholders.