Direct any accreditation questions to the Commission on Dental Accreditation:
Accreditation Status abbreviations appearing in the
A - Approval Without Reporting Requirements
An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.
AR - 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 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 If the deficiencies are not corrected within the specified time period, accreditation will be withdrawn, unless the Commission extends the period for achieving compliance for good cause.
IA - Initial Accreditation
Initial Accreditation is the accreditation classification granted to any dental, advanced dental or allied dental education program which is in the planning and early stages of development or an intermediate stage of program implementation and 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 visits and until the program is fully operational.
PA - Preliminary Provisional Approval
An accreditation classification utilized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation to grant initial accreditation to an educational program based on the review of a Commission application and survey manual. This classification is granted to assure the educational institution and other agencies that the program is developing or has developed according to the guidelines established by the Commission. This classification provides assurance of candidate eligibility for certification programs.
NOTE: This status is being phased out and replaced by the Initial Accreditation process.