Dental Hygienist Fellowship

Enhance your career with a Dental Hygiene Fellowship!

The Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)—an international organization of oral health professionals dedicated to promoting oral health and well-being for people with special needs—offers a Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship Program for dental hygienists who work with patients who have special needs in both community and institutional settings.

The SCDA has always recognized the important role dental hygienists play on the dental team. The fellowship program provides dental hygienists with a support network of colleagues who are familiar with the common challenges in providing special care dentistry, opportunities for continuing education, and access to special care dental resources.

Click here to complete the fellowship application.

Qualification includes two parts:

Part I

  1. Practice in a Special Care environment for at least three years
  2. Membership in SCDA for at least five years
  3. Attend at least three SCDA Annual Meetings within the last five years
  4. Complete a minimum of thirty hours of Special Care CE within the last five years.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a SCDA Member in good standing.

Part II

A. Currently hold a Fellowship from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities (ADPD).


B. Complete a narrative portfolio describing their special care dentistry experience.  Requirements for the portfolio are attached to this document.

Deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2024.

REMINDER: To continue to use your Fellowship designation, your SCDA membership must be active with your dues paid annually.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact the SCDA Executive Office ([email protected])