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Student Membership

As a student member of CDA, you are part of a dynamic community of professionals who work together to shape the future of dentistry. Students at California’s six dental schools have full access to membership benefits. CDA offers unique resources for each stage of your career, starting with support during dental school and transition into practice life.

Student Webinar Series

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

Make New Connections
  • Get involved at the local level with your dental society membership.
  • Network with your peers in the official CDA Students Group on Facebook.
  • Share great moments on Twitter and Instagram by posting with #cdaproud.
  • Meet mentors and learn professional skills through volunteer leadership.
Attend Amazing Events
  • Experience CDA Presents, the nation’s most brilliant dental convention.
  • Join free Student Networking Events with fun games and inspiring speakers.
  • Take part in special CDA mixers and programs throughout the school year.
  • Volunteer with the CDA Foundation to bring health and hope to those in need.
Manage Your Money
  • Contact Practice Support analysts for transition and employment guidance.
  • Find your next opportunity and help with your search in CDA’s Career Center.
  • Save on professional liability coverage with The Dentists Insurance Company.
  • Get big discounts on dental supplies at, powered by Henry Schein

Student Delegation

Connect to the profession’s best and brightest in our online community, at the nation’s most exciting dental convention, and through leadership opportunities.

Student Representatives

Loma Linda University





University of California, Los Angeles





University of California, San Francisco




University of Southern California




University of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences

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.