Student Benefits

As a student member, you receive all the benefits of full membership, plus additional opportunities for personal and professional development. Later, when you make the transition from student to professional, you can count on the continued support of ADHA and your fellow members every step of the way.

Annual Conference

ADHA’s Annual Conference provides hands-on, evidence-based continuing education programs. From helping you prepare for the professional licensing exams to providing guidance for advanced bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the Annual Conference is centered on your success.

Community Involvement

Get involved in a dynamic discussion of ideas and issues facing your profession. Access magazine’s student-focused column "Strive" publishes student research papers and articles of interest. Plus, ADHA’s Facebook page and dedicated YouTube channel let you stay connected as you expand your local and nationwide network of fellow students and dental hygienists.

National Board Exam Preparation

ADHA now offers online study courses and discounts on student guides for the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. Log on and learn by joining our interactive online community for live exam review courses.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with dental hygiene professionals and other students from across the nation at our Annual Conference. Serving as ADHA’s annual business meeting, this event provides opportunities to participate in dynamic group discussions and network with fellow ADHA members on a national level.

Online Career Center

As you start your professional career, having access to the right tools and support can make all the difference. The ADHA Career Center provides access to career opportunities across the country. Find sample resumes and contract templates in our Employment Reference Guide and post your resume online. Plus, find updated information about state licensing authorities, accredited programs and networking contacts to help you navigate everything from local regulation to advanced educational opportunities.

Professional and Personal Savings

Saving money and spending smart are essential as you finish your education and begin your career. Thanks to our ADHA sponsors, students receive significant discounts on professional gear like scrubs, loupes, books and national board exam study guides. The consolidated buying power of dental hygienists nationwide allows us to provide additional savings on professional and personal services and purchases as you move forward in your career.

Scholarships and Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health was created to provide educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the country. As an ADHA member, you can obtain funding for your academic and professional career and expand your leadership potential by applying for a scholarship or grant that meets your specific goals.


Keep your knowledge up-to-date with two publications focused on the latest research, professional standards and issues facing the dental hygiene community. Access magazine’s quick-read format covers key topics and features a dedicated section for student research papers and articles. The Journal of Dental Hygiene, is the premier, peer-reviewed scientific research publication in dental hygiene with articles that help dental hygienists make evidence-based treatment decisions; it is available online for ADHA members.

Awards and Leadership Opportunities

You don’t have to wait until you graduate to become a champion for oral health. ADHA is proud to offer members-only opportunities for your personal and professional development. Apply today to begin representing your fellow students and sharing your views on current issues facing your profession.

Student Delegate

An applicant from each district will represent their colleagues as well as have the opportunity to attend ADHA’s Annual Session, all-expense paid.

Student Presentations and Award Program

Better known as the Table Clinic and Poster Session, student presentations provide a great way for you to grow professionally while contributing to your profession. Show what you know and you could win up to $1,000.

Community Service Award

Give the gift of oral health to those in need by creating and completing a community service project. Enter your project for a chance to win a $3,000 grant.