Establishment of the Commission
From 1938 to 1974, the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Education was recognized as the accrediting agency for dental and dental-related education programs. In 1972, the Council recognized the need to provide the communities of interest with more direct representation in accreditation decisions and policy issues. After considerable planning, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) was formed.
CODA was established in 1975 and is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.
CODA accredits predoctoral dental education programs, advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs in the United States. The Commission also accredits predoctoral dental education programs internationally. The Commission functions independently and autonomously in matters of developing and approving accreditation standards, making accreditation decisions on educational programs and developing and approving procedures that are used in the accreditation process. It is structured to include an appropriate representation of the communities of interest.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public and dental professions by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a globally recognized leader for accrediting educational programs in the dental professions.
The Commission is committed to the values of collegiality, consistency, integrity, quality and transparency.