ADEA DHCAS® Application Instructions

Supporting Information

Experiences, 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 care.
  • Dental Shadowing: Time spent officially following and observing a dental professional at work, preferably in the dental hygiene field.
  • 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, etc.
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.