Programs that are fully operational have the accreditation status of either:
APPROVAL (without reporting requirements):
An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.
APPROVAL (with reporting requirements):
An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that specific deficiencies or weaknesses exist in one or more areas of the program. Evidence of compliance with the cited standards must be demonstrated within eighteen (18) months if the program is between one and two years in length or two years if the program is at least two years in length. If the deficiencies are not corrected within the specified time period, accreditation will be withdrawn, unless the Commission extends the period for achieving compliance for good cause. Circumstances under which an extension for good cause would be granted include, but are not limited to:
sudden changes in institutional commitment;
- natural disaster which affects affiliated agreements between institutions; faculty support; or facilities;
- changes in institutional accreditation;
- interruption of an educational program due to unforeseen circumstances that take faculty, administrators or students away from the program.
Developing programs that are not fully operational (i.e., a program which has not enrolled and graduated at least one class of students and does not have students enrolled in each year of the program) are granted the status initial accreditation.
Initial Accreditation is the accreditation classification granted to any dental, advanced dental or allied dental education program which is not yet fully operational. This accreditation classification provides evidence to educational institutions, licensing bodies, government or other granting agencies that, at the time of initial evaluation(s), the developing education program has the potential for meeting the standards set forth in the requirements for an accredited educational program for the specific occupational area. The classification “initial accreditation” is granted based upon one or more site evaluation visit(s).
A program with any of these accreditation classifications is considered “accredited” by the Commission and those who graduate are considered graduates of an accredited program.