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After acceptance into dental hygiene school, Student membership in CDHA is the next most important step to becoming consummate dental hygiene professional.

CDHA represents the student voice in the dental hygiene profession. Membership is open to all students enrolled in entry-level as well as degree completion and graduate-level dental hygiene programs.


Any student enrolled in a dental hygiene program is eligible for Student membership, if the school is accredited by a national agency recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation or the US Department of Education. California currently has 27 accredited dental hygiene schools, five of which are Bachelor of Science programs.

Interested in Enrolling a Cohort of Dental Hygiene Students? 

Please complete the form below to group enroll students. Once the form has been completed, please email to

Group Enrollment Form


  • Student members are invited to all student member activities and are encouraged to actively participate especially with the annual student meetings, to take part in the Student House of Representatives (SHOR) at CDHA’s annual House of Delegates meeting, as well as the opportunity to participate in the CDHA Poster Session
  • Scholarship opportunities including CDHA’s Cora Ueland Scholarship and scholarships offered by local components
  • Networking opportunities to meet other student members throughout the state
  • Local component meetings to network with dental professionals and their activities


  • Student member dues are $50 for the full term of your program, valid until your graduation date (limit two years)
  • Second Year Student member dues are $25 and are open to students in their second year of a dental hygiene program


Student Scholarship Opportunities

DHAI and CDHA invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for the 2023 Cora Ueland Scholarship. More details to be announced..


New Graduates

Did you recently graduate? Remain a CDHA member at the New Professional level.


CDHA Student Leadership

Faculty/Student Member Advisors

Each school selects a faculty and a student representative to serve as a liaison for CDHA. Resources for student leaders and faculty are available from CDHA. For more information please contact Student Relations Council at

Student Leadership Awards

When it’s spring and graduations are just around the corner: submit your nomination for a CDHA Student Leadership Awards!

Please use the following criteria for the selection of the student who receives this award:

  • The student is a graduating senior dental hygiene student in a California Dental Hygiene Program
  • The student has made outstanding contributions toward the Association in more than one area, whether it is on the national, state or local level

The recipient of this special award is selected through a vote of the senior dental hygiene students, by means of a secret ballot. The ballots are to be counted by the Junior Student Membership Representative and the Student Membership Faculty Advisor.

Recipients will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.


Student Poster Competition

As part of CDHA's Spring Scientific Session, a poster competition is held for dental hygiene students.



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