ADEA DHCAS® Application Instructions
Achievements and Certifications
In addition to the academic history, many programs review
applicants’ experiences and achievements along with licenses and
certifications. This section allows applicants to report their experiences
within the application.
The categories of experiences are:
- Dental Experience: Both paid and unpaid work in
a dental field where the applicant was directly responsible for a patient's
- Dental Shadowing: Time spent officially
following and observing a dental professional at work, preferably in the dental
- Non-Dental Healthcare Experience: Both paid and
unpaid work in a health or health-related field where the applicant not
directly responsible for a patient's care, but may still have patient
interaction; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work,
delivering patient food, cleaning patients and/or their rooms, administering
food or medication, taking vitals or other record keeping information, working
as a scribe, CNA (depending on job description), medical assistant, etc.
- Employment: All paid work; for example, a retail
or restaurant job
- Training Attended: Identify any training or
development received, preferably in the dental hygiene field.
- Volunteer: Volunteer work done outside of the
health care field; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring
students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive,
For each category,
include supervisor or employer name, dates and hours worked/volunteered and
additional information pertinent to the experience.
The categories of achievements are:
- Awards: Awards received as a prize, such as
trophies and medals.
- Honors: Honors received as a special distinction
for work done, including Dean's List and memberships in honor societies.
Applicants can enter any relevant professional or academic
achievements in several categories, or types.
Although applicants can enter any achievements that are
relevant to the application, ADEA DHCAS recommends focusing on those
achievements within the last 10 years and at the collegiate level and above.
Certificates are collected via ADEA DHCAS and are also
requested by some programs in the Program Materials Section.