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Accreditation Updates

Information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation's activities is available to everyone. The Commission meets twice a year, usually in the winter and the summer. Following each meeting the communities of interest are notified via email that the CODA Communicator, currently a web-based newsletter, is available on the Commission’s website; this newsletter is available to all of CODA’s communities of interest.

If you have not received an issue of the CODA Communicator, please contact Mr. Gregg Marquardt, marquardtg@ada.org, and he will add your email address to the Commission’s distribution for the next issue.

Additionally, hearings on standards are held at various meetings during which comments may be submitted to CODA on proposed or revised Accreditation Standards. Please review the left navigation, where you can access the proposed accreditation standards out for comment. CODA's meeting materials may also be of interest.

News and Highlights:

CODA Accredits First International Predoctoral Dental Education Program

On August 1, 2019, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted the status of Approval Without Reporting Requirements to the predoctoral dental education program sponsored by King Abdulaziz University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the first time an international predoctoral dental education program based outside the United States has received such a status from the Commission. 

For more details, please read the full article. There is also an FAQ document available for your reference.

CODA Publishes New Resource for Program Directors

The accreditation responsibilities of the director of a CODA-accredited program are continuous and are not limited to the periods of regularly-scheduled site visits. To assist directors in this ongoing task, CODA staff have published Maintaining a Program’s Accreditation, a detailed overview of accreditation duties for directors.

Download and read Maintaining a Program’s Accreditation (PDF).

Commission Statement Regarding Argosy University

Please download the Commission statement below regarding the Dental Hygiene program at Argosy University-Twin Cities Campus.

CODA Approves 2020 Fees

At its February 8. 2019 meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) adopted a 4% increase in annual fees for all disciplines in 2020: $8,210 for predoctoral dental education programs, $2,050 for dental assisting, dental hygiene, dental therapy, and advanced dental education programs, and $1,460 for dental laboratory technology education programs. CODA also chose to maintain the application fees of $67,400 for predoctoral dental education programs and $16,850 for allied and advanced dental education programs.

For details about additional 2020 fees adopted by the Commission, read the February 2019 Unofficial Report of Major Actions.

Updates: Elimination of Specialty Terminology

At its February 2, 2018 meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) took action to remove the word specialty from all CODA documentation, as well as its website, and instead refer to all advanced dental education disciplines as advanced education programs.  

Below are updates, to CODA materials as well as to this website, which will be posted to this page as they are made. For questions, please contact Dr. Sherin Tooks, director, Commission on Dental Accreditation, at tookss@ada.org.

As of January 4, 2018, the Standards, Self Study Guides and SVER's for all Advanced Dental Education disciplines, with a current or July 1, 2019 implementation date, have been revised per the “Specialty Terminology” project. 

On the Advanced Dental Education Site Visit Documents page, the word “specialty” has been removed from the URL and the Advanced Education documents there have been combined.

The page title for the Upcoming Advanced Site Visits has changed to “Upcoming Advanced Dental Education Site Visits.”

On the Current Standards page, the sections for Postdoctoral General Dentistry Programs and Advanced Specialty Education Programs have been combined into one section titled “Standards for Advanced Dental Education Programs.”

Adoption of CODA White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority

The Commission on Dental Accreditation, during its August 1, 2014 meeting, adopted the Commission on Dental Accreditation White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority.  The White Paper provides background on the role and responsibilities of the Commission, as well as the history of the Commission and its relationship to the American Dental Association (ADA).  The White Paper concludes with information related to a re-examination of the Commission’s relationship with the ADA.  Read the Commission’s White Paper: