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In this section, you can enter your professional experiences in several categories, or types. Review the definitions below, consider the duties you performed, and choose the category that you think best fits the experience.

Note that since each program's definitions and requirements vary, ADEA CAAPID has no specific preference as to which category you choose. These categories are broadly based on feedback from various dental programs and are not a comprehensive list of every type of experience. Your experience's individual job description and responsibilities should determine the category you select; however, it is not guaranteed that your experience will be accepted by every program in the way you categorize it.

If you have any questions about your experiences fulfilling an individual program's prerequisite requirements, contact that program directly.

Although you can enter any experiences that you believe are relevant to your application, we recommend focusing on those experiences within the last 10 years and at the collegiate level and above. Enter only current and in-progress experiences (not planned experiences), and check your program's requirements regarding documentation.

Experience Types

Dental Related Experience

Both paid and unpaid work in a dental field completed outside of graduation requirements, including home country dental practice, US/Canadian assisting or observing, dental hygiene, dental laboratory work, etc.


Paid work done outside of the health care field or a research lab; for example, a retail or restaurant job.

Mandatory Internship - Rotation - or Clinical Experience

Work or volunteer activities that were required for graduation from your college or university.

Non-Dental Healthcare

Healthcare experiences outside the dental field, including paid, volunteer, or optional academic credit.


Any experience working on a research project, preferably in addition to or outside of regular classroom work. This may include student research positions, research technician positions, summer research student, master’s rotational student, etc.

If your degree required a thesis, do not list it in this category.


Experiences in which you were in charge of instructing others, such as a teaching assistant, tutor, etc.

Do not list teaching experiences that were part of graduation requirements.

Extracurricular Activities

Related activities you would like your selected programs to review; for example, academic clubs and competitive teams. Do not include paid work experience in this section.

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer work done; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc.

Enter Your Experience

  1. Click Add an Experience.
  2. Select the appropriate experience type from the drop-down.
  3. Enter information about the organization where the experience took place.
  4. Enter information about your supervisor at the organization. This is a person that programs can contact to verify that this experience occurred. If the experience was a student-organized group and there was no advisor, list a member who can verify your experience.
  5. Enter the date or date range in which the experience took place. Note that your experiences will not display on your application in any specific order, regardless of the dates entered.
  6. Enter additional details about the experience, including the title of the experience and the time commitments. Enter the average weekly number of hours that you completed for this experience during the date range that you indicated.
  7. Select Yes or No to indicate a release authorization to allow your selected programs to contact the organization.
  8. Click Save & Continue.

Note that you cannot repeat hours between Experience types. So, if position duties encompass more than one section, enter the position in both sections and divide the hours and duties accordingly.

Select Your Most Important Experience

Once you have added all your experiences, click the star icon next to an experience in the My Experiences list to mark it as your most important. You can select up to 4 experiences to highlight as your most important.

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