Access the Online NMS Match System
You can access the NMS Match System by selecting the Log In option in the menubutton in the top-right corner of the screen.
To log in to the NMS Match System you will need to enter both the e-mail address and password that you use on the shared PASS/Match registration portal (ADEA PASS/Match Portal).
The password you use to access the NMS Match System is the same as the password you use on the PASS/Match portal. ADEA PASS only transfers the first 10 characters of your password to NMS. If you have a long password, enter no more than the first 10 characters into the NMS Match System.
After you log into the NMS Match System you are presented with a Dashboard. The Dashboard shows your current participation Status in the Match, your Couple Status and Rankings Status.
Change your Participation Status
The Status section shows your participation status in the Match. All registered applicants who intend to submit a Rank Order List for Phase I or Phase II of the Match should have a status of Active.
If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for either Phase of the Match, you must withdraw from the Match. If you withdraw, but later decide to submit a Rank Order List for the Match, you should reinstate yourself to participate in the Match.
To withdraw from the Match:
- Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard.
- Select a reason for withdrawing.
- Enter your password and press Submit.
To reinstate yourself in the Match:
- Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard
- Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the reinstatement process.
All registered applicants start with a Couple Status of INDIVIDUAL. If you want to participate in the Match as part of a couple, you must change your Couple Status to COUPLED by identifying your partner.
- Select the Edit button in the Couple Status section of the Dashboard
- Enter your partner's Match Code Number and press Submit
- Once submited you will be asked to confirm that you wish to be partnered with the applicant registered with the Match Code Number that you have entered.
Your Couple Status will change to PENDING until your partner identifies you as their partner. Once your partner identifes you as their partner, your Couple Status will change to COUPLED.
If your partner does not identify you as their partner, your rankings will be treated as if you are an individual applicant in the Match.
The Rankings section of the Dashboard provides a summary of your Rank Order List information. The summary information shows the number of ranks on your Rank Order List and whether or not your Rank Order List is certified for use in the Match.
- Select the Edit button to access your Rank Order List, view your rankings, make changes or certify your list.
Instructions for entering your rankings are available in the Rankings section below.
Your Account information includes your e-mail address and password.
Your Account information is provided to NMS by ADEA PASS and it cannot be changed using the NMS Match System.
Your Profile information includes your name, mailing address, telephone number(s), dental school of graduation, graduation date, and DENTPIN.
Your Profile information is provided to NMS by ADEA PASS and it cannot be changed using the NMS Match System.
To enter ranks into your Rank Order List for the Match, select the Rankings option from the menu in the NMS Match System, or select Edit in the Rankings section of the Dashboard.
Add a Program to Your List
- Start typing in the search box to find the program you want to rank. Programs can be searched by Code Number, institution name, Program Director name, program description or city.
- Use the available Filters to restrict your search results to a specific program type or state.
- Programs that are withdrawn from the Match will have a Withdrawn flag next to their program name. You should leave the withdrawn program ranked on your list. If it becomes active again before the Rank Order List deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the program remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and your list will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn program.
- Select the Program from the list of search results.
- Press the Add to List button to add the program to your list. Programs should be entered in rank number sequence, with your most preferred program as rank 1, your next most preferred as rank 2, and so on. You may add as many programs as you wish to your list.
Delete a Program from Your List
Press the 'X' next to the program name to delete it from your list.
Reorder a Program on Your List
To move or re-order a rank, use the drop-down menu attached to the rank number. You should select from the drop-down list the rank number to which you want to move the program.
Print Your Rank Order List
You should print a copy of your final certified Rank Order List for your records.
Click on the Printer-Friendly link (provided at the top or bottom of your Rank Order List) and then use the print function of your browser.
You will be able to view the printer-friendly copy of your Rank Order List until 4 days after the Match Results are released for each Phase of the Match.
You will not be able to change any information on your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System after the Rank Order List deadline.
Cerifying your Rank Order List tells NMS that your rankings are complete and ready to be used in the Match. You must certify your Rank Order List in order for it to be used in the Match.
You can make changes to your list even after it is certified. If you make changes to a list after it is certified, you will have to re-certify the list in order for it to be used in the Match.
To certify your Rank Order List
- Press the Submit for Certification button at the bottom of your Rank Order List, once you have added all your programs and they are in the desired order of preference.
- The NMS Match System will alert you if any issues or problems exist in your Rank Order List and prompt you to certify your list by re-entering your password and pressing Submit.
There are three ways to verify that the list has been certified:
- A green banner will be displayed at the top of the Rankings page
- In the Rankings section of your Dashboard, it will indicate that the Rank Order List has been certified
- You will be sent an e-mail from NMS confirming the certification
Do not call NMS to confirm that your Rank Order List has been certified.
Your Rank Order List must be certified by 11:59 p.m. ET on the Rank Order List deadline date for each Phase of the Match in which you intend to participate.
You are strongly encouraged to enter and certify your Rank Order List well before the deadline date to avoid potential system access problems near the deadline.
You will not be able to certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System after the Rank Order List deadline.
The online NMS Match System is designed to be used with the security and features of modern web browsers.
We recommend using the most up to date version of one of the following browsers:
If you access the system with a browser that is not in the list above, or with a browser that is significantly out of date, you may see warning messages and experience problems.