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Policy and Procedure Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s accreditation policies and procedures for all institutions sponsoring dental, allied dental and advanced dental education programs. It contains background information on the Commission and its accreditation policies, as well as specific information to assist programs in attaining accreditation and in preparing for on-site reviews. The information in this manual applies to all dental education programs except where specifically noted. Dates following each policy refer to the date of the Commission action to Adopt, Revise or Reaffirm the policy. A reference noted as CODA: 7/00; 4, indicates that additional information can be found on page four (4) of the Commission’s July 2000 minutes.

To review changes made to the manual, and the most current manual itself, you may click on the links below: 

As a result of the continued impact of COVID-19 on travel, the Commission on Dental Accreditation has determined temporary use of alternative site visit (i.e., virtual or hybrid site visit) methods may be necessary to fulfill the Commission’s obligation to conduct accreditation site visits to programs that are currently accredited by, or apply for accreditation by, the Commission. You may access the Policy document related to this action by clicking the link below.