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Commission on Dental Accreditation  (CODA)

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), accredits dental schools as well as advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs in the United States. CODA was established in 1975 and is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs. The general public and communities of interest have direct access to CODA's Meeting Agenda and Materials. Additionally, updated information about CODA's activities is available by reviewing information in the Accreditation News below. 

Accreditation News

CODA Review Committee and Commission Meeting Dates to 2016

All meetings begin with a  breakfast at 8:00am and the actual meeting begins at 8:30am at the ADA Headquarters, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

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Open Hearing Information

ADEA Annual Session Open Hearing
CODA will conduct an open hearing at the ADEA Annual Session on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, HY-Republic B Room, San Antonio, Texas. Please verify room location upon arrival.

If you are unable to attend, you may submit written comments to CODA until the comment due date. Please submit comments to: Dr. Sherin Tooks, tookss@ada.org, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

ADEA Open Hearing Agenda (PDF)
Open Hearing Guidelines (Appendix I) (PDF)

Comments due December 1, 2014
II.  Proposed Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
(Appendix II) (PDF)
III. Proposed Accreditation Standards for Clinical Fellowship Training Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  
(Appendix III) (PDF)

Comments due June 2, 2014:
IV. Proposed Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Prosthodontics 
(Appendix IV) (PDF)

Comments due December 1, 2014:
V. Proposed Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs (Appendix V) (PDF)

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Call for Review Committee Nominations  

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) needs nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on review committees. This call for nominations is for:

  • Allied Educators
  • Dental Assisting Practitioners
  • Dental Hygiene Practitioners
  • General Dentist Educators
  • General Dentist Practitioners
  • Higher Education Administrators
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Specialty Dentist Educators
  • Specialty Dentist Practitioners
  • Public Members for Review Committee and Commission

In selecting appointees to the Review Committee and the Commission, CODA requests that strong consideration be given to assisting this agency to achieve diversity, including underrepresented groups, geographic diversity and varied educational philosophies. Review the nomination criteria and explanation of time commitment for additional information.

If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for an open position on the Commission, please contact Ms. Alyson Ackerman at ackermana@ada.org  or 312-440-4660 to request the following:

•    Nomination Form
•    Review Committee and Commission Meeting Dates

The Commission would like to receive nominations by May 1, 2014.  The Nominating Committee will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Commission.  Nominations may not be directed toward a specific review committee and requests to be placed on a specific review committee will not be honored.  Appointments are made for one four-year term, beginning and ending in October of each year.  

Overview of Review Committee Responsibilities

Review committee members:

  • Will be responsible for the review of all policy matters, site visit reports, progress reports, applications for accreditation and special reports on accredited programs, which are submitted to the Commission for final action.
  • Will be required to make a significant time commitment.
  • Will serve as consultants to the Commission and are required to complete the Web-based Site Visitor Training prior to serving on the committee. The self-paced instructional manual on the Commission’s policies, procedures and Standards takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete.
  • Will be required to become familiar with the CODA Training Manual and participate in a full day of training at ADA headquarters. Review Committee members should observe at least one site visit within their first year of service on the Review Committee.
  • Will be expected to be accessible and able to communicate by fax, electronic mail and the Commission’s web-based communication tools.  

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Unofficial Report of Major Actions 

Download CODA's report on actions:

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CODA Meeting Minutes  

Download CODA meeting minutes: 

Accreditation Status of Educational Programs 

Download Reports on Accreditation Status of Educational Programs:  

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Upcoming Site Visits     

The Commission’s 2014/2015 site visit schedules for allied, advanced and dental education programs can be downloaded below. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and/or accreditation policies.

Comments should be submitted to: Third Party Comments, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL., 60611; or faxed to 312-440-2915. View the entire policy on Third Party Comments in the Evaluation Policies & Procedures manual.            

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CODA Communicator   

The CODA Communicator, which can be downloaded below, is an electronic newsletter that is emailed in the spring and fall. It is one of several endeavors CODA has undertaken to improve communication with members and communities of interest. If you have not received an issue of the CODA Communicator, please contact Ms. Madelaine Schmitt, schmittm@ada.org and she will add your email address for the next issue.

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Commission on Dental Accreditation

The Commission functions independently 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. It is structured to include an appropriate representation of the communities of interest.

Activities for the Commission include:

  • formulating and approving accreditation standards by which programs are evaluated
  • establishing policies and procedures for conducting the accreditation program
  • determining and publicizing program accreditation status and
  • appointing consultants and site visitors to assist in accreditation activities

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