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Establishment of the Commission

From 1938-1974, prior to the formation of the Commission, the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Education was recognized as the accrediting agency for dental and dental-related education programs. In 1972, the Council recognized the need to provide the communities of interest with more direct representation in accreditation decisions and policy issues. After considerable planning, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) was formed.

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.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation accredits dental schools and programs including advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs in the United States. 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.

Learn More about CODA

Would you like to know more about dental program accreditation and the Commission’s role in that process? Then download the CODA Flyer (PDF), a two-page sheet that explains in easy to understand (and easy to share) terms how CODA’s accreditation program works, who is involved and, ultimately, why it is a major benefit to students and residents, dental and dental-related education programs, and the public.