Student Chapters

In response to interest by students at various dental schools in serving patients with special needs, Special Care Dentistry Association formed the SCDA Student Chapters. The SCDA Student Chapters are comprised of SCDA-affiliated groups of students from various dental schools who have a specific interest in special care dentistry. Any group of students with official recognition from their dental school may apply to be an official SCDA Student Chapter.


  • Provides a forum for questions and answers
  • Mentorship opportunities with SCDA members
  • Connect with SCDA Student Chapters at different dental schools
  • Participate in SCDA Student Chapter activities (webinars, town hall, grant competitions, etc.)
  • The right to use the Special Care Dentistry Association Logo (with granted permission)
  • Opportunity to be featured on the SCDA social media platform
  • Discounted price on SCDA annual meetings
  • Access to the SCDA Journal
  • Certificate of involvement from SCDA


  • Provision of school group charter or documentation of official school status
  • All members of the school group must join SCDA to start an SCDA Student Chapter (minimum 5 members)
  • Annually the group will pay the Student Chapter Membership Fee, provide a roster of all school group members to SCDA for membership verification, and send in information about Student Chapter involvement and activities. 

What's Next?

Are you ready to submit an application to start a Student Chapter? Click here to download and review the SCDA Student Chapter Start-Up Kit! Once you've completed the necessary paperwork, please email it to the student liaison's email listed below. 

Nationally recognized SCDA Chapters:

1. Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

2. Texas Tech University Health Center - El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine

3. University of Tennessee Health Center College of Dentistry

4. Case Western University School of Dental Medicine

5. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry

6. The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

7. East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

8. University of Maryland School of Dentistry

9. University of Michigan School of Dentistry

10. Marquette University School of Dentistry

11. University of Utah School of Dentistry 

If you have any questions about student involvement with SCDA or starting a student chapter, please contact one of our student liaisons:


Mr. Andrew Chen

Student Liaison


Email: [email protected]


Ms. Lydia Hartung

Vice-Student Liaison

Email: [email protected]