ADEA DHCAS® Application Instructions


The American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) is the online application for applicants who wish to become dental hygienists, or those who are already licensed hygienists and would like to continue their education. Applicants complete one application which is used to apply for multiple programs. ADEA DHCAS applicants can search for participating programs by using the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine ( Applicants may search by institution name, program type, or the state where the program is located. 

The ADEA DHCAS is cycle is open from November through August each year. 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.

Applicants can begin an application by visiting To complete the application, an applicant must complete five sections: Program Selections, Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials.