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The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), established in 1975, is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.  The Commission functions independantly and autonomously in matters of developing and approving accreditation standards, making accreditation decisions on educational programs and developing and approving procedures that are used in the accreditation process.

Dental education, dental assisting, dental hygiene dental laboratory technology and advanced dental education programs including dental specialties, general practice residencies, and advanced education in general dentistry are evaluated in accordance with published Accreditation Standards by the Commission.

Applying to Dental Education Programs

In order to use any of the services below or take any standardized dental exam, you must obtain a DENTPIN®. It is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs. Click here for more information on DENTPIN®.

Each accredited dental education program has its own application process and set of admission requirements. Please contact the programs you are interested in directly.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, DC has the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). This is the central application service for the dental schools. This service is available to all students applying to dental schools participating in the application service. AADSAS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized form, relieving students of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants. Additionally, the ADEA has a directory that has the admission requirements and description of the programs at each dental school.

The American Dental Education Association also has the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). This service is available to all individuals applying to postdoctoral dental education programs participating in the application service. PASS simplifies the application process by providing on standardized format, relieving applicants of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants.