Predoctoral and international dental student members of ASDA also become student members of the ADA and are eligible for the same benefits as dentists – plus more!
The ADA: Helping you succeed throughout your career
The ADA is America’s leading advocate for oral health. It helps dentists succeed and advances the oral health of the public. The ADA represents more than 161,000 active licensed dentist members (including more than 22,000 dental student members). As the collective voice of dentistry, when the ADA stands up to regulations and laws that impede a dentist’s ability to provide care to patients, every dentist benefits.
The ADA Office of Student Affairs is your go-to for everything ADA related. They can connect you with people and information across the ADA.
ADA Office of Student Affairs
Contact by email
800-621-8099 ext. 7470
ADA Student Membership Benefits and Resources†
Access your member benefits
As an ADA student member, you can access the member-only content on ADA.org, including ADA publications, the ADA library and archives, the Center for Professional Success and more inside the ADA member center.
To log-in: When you visit member only content for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your User Name (this is your ADA member number) and Password. Enter your member number without dashes. You can find your member number on your ADA News or your member card.
For help, visit the ADA Member Service Center, call 800-621-8099 or send an email request for your ADA number.
Read what dentists read
ADA student members receive the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), ADA News, ADA New Dentist News and can sign up for e-publications and blogs such as the new dentist blog New Dentist Now, JADA+ Scans and Dental Practice Success. Read more at ADA.org/publications.
†available to predoctoral and international members only
Prepare for Life After Dental School
Access exam location and an overview of expenses, testing agency membership information and resources for international dentists in the dental examinations and licensure area on ADA.org. Plus, download Understanding Licensure: The Dental Examination Process for the New Graduate.
The ADA can help you navigate your dental career options. Visit the Career Options after Dental School page for resources to help you plan your next steps. If you're considering a residency or graduate student program, visit Understanding Advanced Dental Education.
Attend a Success Dental Student Program
The ADA offers the Success programs to every dental school, every year at no charge to students or schools. ADA member volunteers present programs that address career opportunities, practice management, working with the dental team and more. Contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs for more information.
ADA Membership After Graduation
There’s a membership option for every graduate. We look forward to supporting you through every stage of your career.
Tripartite Membership (most common)
Tripartite means that you hold membership at the local, state and national levels. If you will be in private practice as an associate, an employee or on your own, in a group practice or clinic, or on the faculty of a dental school, tripartite membership is for you. Contact your state dental society
to learn more about your tripartite membership.
Federal Dental Services Membership (direct membership with ADA)
If you will be in the Army, Air Force, Navy, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other full-time federal employment, Federal Dental Service (FDS) membership is for you. Tripartite membership is also available in many states. Contact the ADA regarding direct FDS membership
Graduate Student Membership (direct membership with ADA)
If you are going into a post-graduate program, you can join the ADA as a graduate student member for just $30. Once you complete your training, the ADA Reduced Dues Program begins the following year. Tripartite graduate membership may be available in some states. Contact the ADA to learn more about graduate student membership
Provisional Membership (direct membership with ADA)
Licensed dentists who are relocating or taking time off for any number of reasons are eligible for provisional membership. The ADA also refers to the first full year after dental school graduation as a “Provisional” membership year. This Provisional year is a free membership year at the national level (many state and local dental societies also offer this benefit) and provides access to all ADA resources to support important decisions you’ll be facing as you begin your career. The Provisional year is also referred to as the first year of the ADA’s Reduced Dues Program. As soon as you begin to practice dentistry, be sure to reach out to your state dental society
so that you can get the most out of ADA membership on a local level.
Learn even more about opportunities for recent dental school graduates at ADA.org/recentgraduate.
ADA Reduced Dues Program
Recent graduates receive the benefits of ADA membership without paying full dues. You won’t pay full dues until the fifth year of membership.
- Year 1 - $0
- Year 2 - 25% of full national dues
- Year 3 - 50% of full national dues
- Year 4 - 75% of full national dues
- Year 5 and thereafter - 100% of full national dues
Many state and local dental societies also offer dues reductions.
For more information on the reduced dues program, visit ADA.org/recentgraduate
Transitioning to Practice
The ADA offers a number of resources to help you plan your transition to practice.
Tip: Login to ADA.org to update your member profile and access your membership benefits online.
- Refinance or consolidate your student loans
Your ADA membership entitles you to an additional 0.25% rate reduction on low rate student loan refinancing from ADA’s endorsed provider Laurel Road, a division of Darien Rowayton Bank. Free to apply and no obligation to accept. The average dentist saves over $30,000. Graduate students and residents also have a special student debt repayment program offered through Laurel Road.
- Get more patients with ADA Find-a-Dentist
Spend five minutes updating your profile on ADA.org/myADA and help new patients find you. Since the launch of the ADA ad campaign in 2017, the Find-a-Dentist website has seen more than 1 million visits from potential patients. Make sure that when they visit, they see your profile.
- Get ahead before you even get started
The ADA credentialing service, powered by CAQH ProView® is a digital solution that helps streamline the credentialing process. Update your information now on ADA.org/myADA and you’ll be 40% completed by the time you have obtained the rest of your credentials to upload.
- Stay up-to-date
The ADA can help you stay current on the latest dentistry news as well as scientific information through JADA, ADA News, ADA New Dentist News, the New Dentist Now blog, and the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
- Get help finding a job
At the online ADA CareerCenter, members can search current job listings from across the country. And state and local dental societies link you to more career opportunities in the state you’re planning to practice. The ADA also has resources to help you understand employment contracts so you know what you’re signing before you sign.
- Build a successful practice
Access the ADA Center for Professional Success for resources to help you manage your career, expand your knowledge, and balance your life. Design your office, get information on legal questions, hire staff or educate your patients, all with ADA Catalog resources.
- Safeguard your future with ADA-sponsored members insurance plans
Life and disability insurance is the cornerstone of a solid financial plan and ADA Members Insurance Programs are designed specifically for dentists. Your ADA student members’ term life insurance will double in value to provide you with enhanced protection. No requalification or paperwork is required for this expanded coverage, but you do have to maintain ADA membership. You’ll have the opportunity to apply for additional insurance, or apply to add optional features to any policy, as your needs evolve.
- Learn and grow with affordable CE
Learn the latest through the ADA Annual Meeting and the New Dentist Conference, your state and local dental societies and ADA CE Online. ADA CE Online offers quality continuing education courses at an affordable rate, as well as several free courses.
- Get assistance with licensure questions
The ADA is committed to advancing and improving the licensure process and will support you through every step of your licensure experience. Visit ADA.org for a complete overview.
- Find personal support with the ADA New Dentist Committee
The New Dentist Committee is the voice of the new dentist and advises the ADA Board of Trustees on new dentist needs, interests and concerns. Get in touch with your representative today.