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.
- New and Revised Accreditation Standards
- Withdrawn/Discontinued Programs
- CODA Meeting Dates
- Comments Due on Proposed Standards
- Call for Review Committee Nominations
- Unofficial Report of Major Actions
- CODA Meeting Minutes
- Accreditation Status of Education Programs
- Upcoming Site Visits
- CODA Communicator
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.
ADA Annual Session Open Hearing
CODA will conduct an open hearing at the ADA Annual Session on Thursday, October 31, 2013 and on Saturday, November 2, 2013. On Thursday, the open hearing will be from 10:00am-11:00am in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (HQ), Grand Section 3/6. On Saturday, the open hearing will be from 8:00am-9:00am in Grand Ballroom C.
Open Hearing Agenda - ADA Annual Session (PDF)
Open Hearing Guidelines (Appendix I) (PDF)
You may submit written comments to CODA until the comment due date. Please submit comments to: Dr. Sherin Tooks, firstname.lastname@example.org, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Comments due December 1, 2013:
Proposed Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education in General Dentistry (Appendix II) (PDF)
Proposed Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education in General Practice Residency (Appendix III) (PDF)
Proposed Accreditation Standards for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Appendix IV) (PDF)
Proposed Accreditation Standards for Oral Medicine (Appendix V) (PDF)
Proposed Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy (Appendix VI) (PDF)
ADAA Annual Session Open Hearing
CODA will conduct an opening hearing at the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) Annual Session on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Westin Hotel on Canal Street from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Please download the ADAA Open Hearing Agenda and reference both the Open Hearing Guidelines (Appendix I) and the Proposed Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy (Appendix VI) above.
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:
• Public members on various review committees and the Commission Board
If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for a public member position on the Commission, please contact Ms. Alyson Ackerman at email@example.com or 312-440-4660 to request the following:
• Nomination Form
• Review Committee and Commission Meeting Dates
The Commission would like to receive nominations by September 6, 2013. 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.
• Ability to commit to one, four (4) year term;
• Willingness to commit five (5) to ten (10) days per year to Review Committee activities, including training, comprehensive review of print and electronically delivered materials and travel to Commission headquarters;
• Ability to evaluate an educational program objectively in terms of such broad areas as curriculum, faculty, facilities, student evaluation and outcomes assessment;
• Stated willingness to comply with all Commission policies and procedures (e.g. Agreement of Confidentiality; Conflict of Interest Policy; Operational Guidelines; Simultaneous Service; and Professional Conduct Policy and Prohibition Against Harassment);
• Ability to conduct business through electronic means (email, Commission Web Sites); and
• Active member of the American Dental Association, where applicable.
A commitment to bring the public/consumer perspective to Review Committee deliberations. The nominee should not have any formal or informal connection to the profession of dentistry; also, the nominee should have an interest in, or knowledge of, health-related and accreditation issues. In order to serve, the nominee must not be a:
a. Dentist or member of an allied dental discipline;
b. Member of a dental, advanced dental or allied dental program faculty;
c. Employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of, or consultant to, a dental, advanced dental or allied dental education program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, has applied for initial accreditation or is not-accredited;
d. Member or employee of any professional/trade association, licensing/regulatory agency or membership organization related to, affiliated with or associated with the Commission, dental education or dentistry; and
e. Spouse, parent, child or sibling of an individual identified above (a through d).
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.
Please don't hesitate to contact the Commission office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-440-4660 if you have any questions, or would like to request or submit nomination materials.
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 is 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.
Unofficial Report of Major Actions
Download CODA's report on actions:
- August 2013 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- February 2013 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- August 2012 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- February 2012 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- August 2011 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- February 2011 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- August 2010 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- February 2010 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- July 2009 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- January 2009 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
- July 2008 Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF)
CODA Meeting Minutes
Download CODA meeting minutes:
- August 2013 Minutes (PDF)
- January 2013 Minutes (PDF)
- August 2012 Minutes (PDF)
- February 2012 Minutes (PDF)
- August 2011 Minutes (PDF)
- February 2011 Minutes (PDF)
- August 2010 Minutes(PDF)
- February 2010 Minutes (PDF)
- July 2009 Minutes (PDF)
Download Reports on Accreditation Status of Educational Programs:
- Summer 2013 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Winter 2013 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Summer 2012 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Winter 2012 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Summer 2011 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Summer 2010 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Summer 2009 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Winter 2011 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Winter 2010 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
- Winter 2009 Accreditation Actions (PDF)
Upcoming Site Visits
The Commission’s 2013/2014 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.
- 2013 Dental Education/Comprehensive Site Visits (PDF)
- 2014 Dental Education/Comprehensive Site Visits (PDF)
- 2015 Dental Education/Comprehensive Site Visits (PDF)
- 2013 Allied Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
- 2014 Allied Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
- 2015 Allied Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
- 2013 Advanced Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
- 2014 Advanced Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
- 2015 Advanced Dental Education Site Visits (PDF)
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, email@example.com and she will add your email address for the next issue.
- Summer/Fall 2013 (HTML)
- Winter 2013 (HTML)
- Spring 2012 (PDF)
- CODA Communicator Special Announcement (August 2011) (PDF)
- Winter 2011 (PDF)
- Summer 2010 (PDF)
- Fall 2009 (PDF)
- Spring 2009 (PDF)
- Fall 2008 (PDF)
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