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Student Members

Welcome to your community. For more than 150 years, CDA has supported and empowered the best and brightest in dentistry. As the largest state association in the ADA with more than 27,000 members, CDA’s continuous growth and innovation has fostered a dynamic community that works together to shape the future of dentistry.

As a California dental student, you are now a part of this community — with full access to membership benefits. When you join CDA, you simultaneously become a member of the ADA and your local dental society. Through this tripartite membership, discover unique resources for each stage of your new profession, starting with support during school and transition into practice life.

Explore Your Benefits

New Connections

Make memories with your peers, build professional relationships with mentors and learn new skills through hands-on volunteer opportunities. 

Amazing Events

Experience the nation’s most brilliant dental convention and enjoy free student networking events, mixers and programs throughout the school year.

Expert Support for D4 Students

Access exclusive career resources for new dentists, discounts on dental supplies and liability coverage and get one-on-one expert guidance for the business side of practice.

Get Involved

Three Ways to Get Involved and Stay Connected

Create an account on, find your local dental society and explore members-only resources.

Follow CDA and share your favorite dental school moments on social with #cdaproud.

Join the conversation in the CDA Student Group on Facebook.

Your Local Dental Society

Network, get involved in events and benefit from support near you. Visit your local dental society’s website to learn more.

Your Student Representatives

CDA’s student delegation ensures your voice is heard in organized dentistry. The representative for your California dental school class acts as your liaison to CDA and connects you to helpful resources, key issues and special events.

Interested in leadership opportunities or other ways to get involved? Contact your elected representative.

University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Francisco





University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences
California Northstate University

Watch Student Webinars

Residency Programs

Everything You Need to Know About Post-Graduate Dental Residency Programs, by Dr. Diana Nguyen

Financial Tools

Financial Tools for Dental Students & New Dentists, by Haden Werhan & Travis Slade


Transitioning from Dental School to Practice Ownership, by Sherry Mostofi

CDA News

‘If you weren’t ready, you wouldn’t be here’ Western University dental student shares how she stays motivated when she feels lost

Every month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. Get to know Auva Ravanpey from Western University of Health Sciences class of 2024.

Four loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for California dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, students

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental and hygiene students in California may be eligible for financial assistance via loan repayment or a scholarship through the Department of Health Care Access and Information. The programs are open now with deadlines in the fall.

Eligible California dentists, RDHs can apply by Sept. 15 for educational loan repayment

Licensed general and pediatric dentists, RDHs and other health care providers who practice in a federally designated health professional shortage area can apply by Sept. 15 for loan repayment through the California State Loan Repayment Program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ensure my membership information is up to date?

As a graduating senior, you can update your membership information or complete the membership application online. After licensure, you will become a member of the ADA, CDA and the local dental society closest to your school. When you establish a permanent address, contact your local dental society or update your profile online

If I plan on entering a specialty or residency program outside of California, should I still update my membership information?

Absolutely. Once you return to California and start practicing, you can update your membership with your new information.

If I am entering a residency or postgraduate program, can I still be a member?

Yes. Contact CDA directly to transition to postgraduate membership.

What is the component (local dental society) jurisdiction for my dental school?

You will remain a part of the dental society local to your school until you graduate. Then your local dental society will be determined by your primary practice address. If you do not have a practice address, the transfer will be determined by your home address.

Find your local dental society: