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FAQ About the Commission on Dental Accreditation

  • 1. What is the role of the Commission on Dental Accreditation?
  • 2. What is the difference between “accreditation” and “certification?”
  • 3. What agency or organization authorizes the Commission to carry out its function?
  • 4. How does the role of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) differ from the role of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL)?
  • 5. Who are the members of the Commission?
  • 6. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners?
  • 7. Who takes final action on all policy and accreditation of programs?
  • 8. What is the role of the Review Committees?
  • 9. What terms are used to identify and describe the accreditation status of educational programs? How can one tell if a program is accredited?
  • 10. How can a program be accredited if it has deficiencies?
  • 11. Is any portion of the Commission meeting open to the public?
  • 12. Why does the Commission consider some of its business confidential?
  • 13. Are the final accreditation actions made public?
  • 14. Are the schedules or dates for site visits available to the public? How often are programs site-visited?
  • 15. Can the public provide comments regarding an accredited program prior to its scheduled site visit?
  • 16. How does an interested individual provide a third party comment
  • 17. Can an individual provide comments regarding an accredited program
  • 18. Who can request that the Commission revise an accreditation standard
  • 19. Does the Commission revise standards on a regular basis
  • 20. How can an individual dentist or member of the public provide input to the Commission