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Dental Hygiene Accreditation

ALLIED DENTAL PROGRAMS ACCREDITATION

The GCSC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs offered by Gulf Coast State College were initiated in 1970 and 1996, respectively.  The most recent evaluation of both programs was in 2011; this was the Commission’s sixth site evaluation of the Dental Assisting Program and fourth site evaluation of the Dental Hygiene program.  At the time of the site visit, the accreditation status for the dental assisting and dental hygiene education programs was “approval without reporting requirements.”

The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation will be conducting an accreditation site visit of the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at Gulf Coast State College on November 7-9, 2018.

Interested parties may submit comments to the Commission on Dental Accreditation. All comments must relate to accreditation standards and required accreditation policies. To request a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third party comments please contact: Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or call 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.

Deadline for receipt of comments to the Commission’s office is September 7, 2018.

Student Academic Grievance Procedure

Students in the GCSC Dental Programs have the right to file an academic complaint with the Office of Academic Affairs.  The College has outlined several grievance processes for students.  For more information please consult the Student Handbook and College Catalog.

American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation

Students, faculty, constituent dental societies, state boards of dentistry, and other interested parties have the right to file a complaint with the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.   A complaint is defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation as one alleging that a Commission-accredited education program, or a program which has an application for initial accreditation pending, may not be in substantial compliance with Commission standards or required accreditation procedures.

To file a complaint, write to the Commission at the address below.  A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678 or by calling 1.800.621.8099 Ext. 4653.

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