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USDE Renews CODA's Accreditor Status

The USDE renews CODA’s status as sole accreditor of dental and dental-related programs in the United States. Story Update

Hearing on Standards

The Commission will conduct a hearing on Accreditation Standards at the 2017 ADA Annual Meeting on October 20 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hearing Information


Call for Review Committee Nominees

Nominations urgently needed for these Review Committee roles: Dental Laboratory Technology Educator, Higher Education or Hospital Administrator, Public Member.  Read More

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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