Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

The Commission publishes an EOPP Manual for all institutions sponsoring dental, allied dental and advanced dental education programs. Learn more.


Recent CODA Activities

The Commission adopts Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs. Learn More.


The Commission on Dental Accreditation

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) works to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards in the nation's dental schools and programs. Learn more.

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CODA seeks site visitor volunteer and review committee nominations

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CODA Mission

The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves 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.

Why Accreditation Matters

Accreditation is the ultimate source of consumer protection for prospective students. It is often a prerequisite for governmental funding. Graduation from an accredited program is almost always stipulated by state law and is an eligibility requirement for licensure and/or certification examinations. In short, accreditation of a school or program is a student’s most important source of independent validation that the program has at least enough educational value to be “approved” by a credible (expertise-based), independent (free of outside influence), reliable (consistently applied standards) organization that has the U.S. Department of Education’s approval.  

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