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COVID-19 Updates

The Commission is monitoring COVID-19 and will post updates here as available. 

Actions Regarding Ongoing Operations and the Impact on Educational Programs as a Result of COVID-19 (8/14/20)

At its August 7, 2020 Meeting, the Commission adopted multiple actions regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of these actions include:

  • Affirmed its intent to extend the current flexibility in the Accreditation Standards related to Interruption of Education (i.e., Class of 2020 flexibility) to the Class of 2021; however, the Commission also directed special meetings of all 14 Review Committees and the Commission in Fall 2020 to consider any necessary changes to the current flexibility guidelines for the Class of 2021. The Commission's final decision on this matter will be made by mid-October.
  • Extended the current flexibility for temporary use of distance education through December 31, 2020, with no further reporting required by programs.
  • Directed development of an electronic system to accept applications for accreditation and other types of program reports. Materials will be accepted solely by this electronic method, upon development of the electronic system. Upon implementation of the electronic document submission system, the Commission’s acceptance of applications for accreditation will be resumed. 
  • Directed Hearings on Standards and the Winter 2021 Commission meetings be conducted virtually.
  • Directed that CODA pursue alternative site visit methods, as needed to employ in 2021.
  • Directed establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate and develop policies and procedures for alternative site visit methods, with a report for consideration by CODA in Winter 2021. The Ad Hoc Committee will obtain input from the Commission’s 14 Review Committees related to elements of a site visit that may be conducted virtually versus elements that must be reviewed on-site.

For details on these and other Commission actions related to the pandemic, please refer to the COVID-19 Excerpt  from the August 2020 Unofficial Report of Major Actions document.

Accreditation Actions Report (7/30/20)

Download the July 2020 Special Meeting Accreditation Actions (PDF) report, based on the Commission’s Special Closed Meeting held on July 9, 2020.  

Guidance Document: Temporary Flexibility in the Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs to Address Interruption of Education Reporting Requirements Resulting From COVID-19 for the Class of 2020 (7/21/20)

Read the revised Guidance Document for Dental Assisting Education (PDF), as adopted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation at its Special Meeting held on July 9, 2020. 

Unofficial Report of Major Actions (7/21/20)

Read the Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF), based on the Commission's Special Closed Meeting held on July 9, 2020.

Interruption of Education Webinar Materials Available (4/23/20)

Download the Interruption of Education Guidelines Slides (PDF) to review slides from the COVID-19 Webinar on Interruption of Education Guidelines. 

Guidance Documents: Temporary Flexibility in Accreditation Standards to Address Interruption of Education Reporting Requirements Resulting From COVID-19 for the Class of 2020 (4/14/20)

Below are guidance documents regarding Temporary Flexibility in Accreditation Standards to Address Interruption of Education Reporting Requirements Resulting From COVID-19 for the Class of 2020, as adopted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation at its Special Meeting held on April 13, 2020. Click on any of the links below to read the guidance document for that discipline.
 
Guidelines for Reporting an Interruption of Education During COVID-19 4/3/20 (PDF)
Read the Guidance on COVID-19 Interruption of Education Class of 2020 CODA Alert (PDF)

Temporary Flexibility in Accreditation Standards:

Predoctoral Dental Education (PDF)
Dental Assisting Education (PDF)
Dental Hygiene Education (PDF)
Dental Laboratory Technology Education (PDF)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry (PDF)
Dental Anesthesiology Education (PDF)
Dental Public Health Education (PDF)
Endodontics Education (PDF)
General Practice Residency Education (PDF)
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Education (PDF)
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Education (PDF)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Education (Residency and Fellowship) (PDF)
Oral Medicine Education (PDF)
Orofacial Pain Education (PDF)
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Education (Residency and Fellowship) (PDF)
Pediatric Dentistry Education (PDF)
Periodontics Education (PDF)
Prosthodontics Education (Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Combined PROS/MXPROS) (PDF)

Unofficial Report of Major Actions (4/14/20)

Read the Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF), based on the Commission's Special Closed Meeting held on April 13, 2020 

Unofficial Report of Major Actions (4/8/20)

Read the Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF), based on the Commission's Special Closed Meeting held on April 2, 2020 

Post-CODA Meeting Directives Related to Site Visits (4/3/20)

Read the Post-CODA Meeting Directives Related to Site Visits CODA Alert sent on 4/3/20 PDF 

Post-CODA Meeting Guidance on Interruption of Education Related to COVID-19 for the Class of 2020 (4/3/20)

Read the Guidelines for Reporting an Interruption of Education During COVID-19 4/3/20 (PDF)
Read the Guidance on Interruption of Education CODA Alert sent on 4/3/2020 (PDF)

Further CODA Guidance on Interruption of Education Related to COVID-19 (3/30/20)

Read Further CODA Guidance on Interruption of Education Related to COVID-19 (PDF)

CODA Statement on Dental Clinic Operations during COVID-19 (3/23/20)

Read CODA Statement on Dental Clinic Operations during COVID-19 (PDF) 

General CODA Updates (3/20/20)

Read General CODA Updates (PDF)

Update on Potential Temporary Flexibility in Site Visit Process and Other Accreditation Updates 
During COVID-19 (3/18/20)

Read the Update on Site Visit Process During COVID-19 (PDF)

CODA Staff Telecommuting During COVID-19 (3/16/20)

Read the CODA Staff Working Remotely During the Pandemic CODA Alert (PDF)

Statement to CODA-Accredited Programs (3/13/20)

Read the Statement to CODA-Accredited Programs (PDF)

Statement to CODA Site Visitors (3/13/20)

Read the Statement to CODA Site Visitors (PDF)