The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has two application processes: one for programs that are fully operational with enrollment and the other for programs that are developing and do not have enrollment.
Upon request, the Commission office will provide more specific information about the application policies and procedures, types of programs, application materials, deadlines for submission and accreditation standards. Program administrators and faculty are encouraged to consult with Commission staff during this initial process.
Fully Operational Programs
Programs that have graduated at least one class of students/residents/fellows and are enrolling students/residents/fellows in every year of the program are considered fully operational. These programs will complete a self-study application document and will be considered for the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements" or "approval without reporting requirements" following a comprehensive site visit.
Programs That Are Not Fully Operational
A program that has not enrolled and graduated at least one class of students/residents and does not have students/residents enrolled in each year of the program is defined by the Commission as not fully operational. The accreditation classification granted to programs which are not fully operational is "initial accreditation."
Detailed instructions for program directors, along with the criteria CODA will use in evaluating applications, are provided below.