Dental Education program, sponsored by King Abdulaziz
University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently received the status of
Approval Without Reporting Requirements from Commission on Dental Accreditation
(CODA). It is the first time that an international predoctoral dental education
program based outside the United States has received such a status from the
The decision was taken by CODA at their Summer Meeting
this August, wherein it granted an accreditation status to a fully operational
international predoctoral dental education program based outside the United
Prior to applying for accreditation by the Commission, an
International Predoctoral Dental Education Program must undergo an
international consultation and preliminary accreditation consultation visit
(PAC V) process, which includes: 1) completion of the PACV Survey, 2)
observation of a CODA dental school site visit and individual consultation, 3)
PACV Self-Study and consultation visit, and 4) application to the Commission’s
accreditation process. The Commission’s Standing Committee on International
Accreditation assesses the program’s progress through stages one through three;
however, a positive determination from the Standing Committee does not
guarantee the application to the Commission will be successful. The Commission
assesses the application for accreditation at stage four, using the same
policies, procedures, and Accreditation Standards that are in place for
U.S.-based programs. The Commission has the sole authority to grant
accreditation to a program under its purview.
Requirements for International Predoctoral Dental
Education Programs accredited by the Commission are equivalent to requirements
for U.S.-based programs. Also, similar to U.S. programs, licensure for a
graduate of an international program accredited by CODA is dictated by state
practice acts; the final authority on licensure requirements continues to rest
with the individual state.
A primary benefit of CODA accreditation to international predoctoral dental education programs is the ability to benchmark against Accreditation Standards used by the Commission for programs in the United States.
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