Background checks

All dental schools participating in ADEA AADSAS® have the option of requiring admitted students to go through background checks. Many schools participate in background checks and include them as part of their review process.

How it works: if you are accepted to a dental school that participates in the background check portion of the application, you will receive an email from the background check company, Certiphi Screening, after you are notified of your acceptance. You will fill out your information and consent to the background check. You may have to pay for your background check, but you should check with the specific school to find out the cost, as it varies from school to school.

Many dental schools cite background checks as an important part of the admissions process for a number of reasons:

  • To ensure that you are a trustworthy person. If for some reason your self-reported criminal background on the ADEA AADSAS application does not match up with the background check, this could mean you are not a trustworthy individual. Since much of the dental profession is based on trust, this is an important quality that many dental schools want their students to possess.
  • To ensure you are an upstanding citizen. Dentists are often leaders in their communities and mentors for others. It is important to many dental schools that their students continue to adhere to these standards.
  • To ensure you have the ability to become a licensed dentist after dental school. The licensure process for dental school is rigorous and is also based somewhat on your criminal background. Dental schools want to graduate students that all have the ability to get licensed as dentists, so the background check is an extra measure to ensure that will happen.