Graduation from an accredited program is almost always stipulated by state law and is an eligibility requirement for licensure and certification examinations. In short, accreditation of a school or program is a student’s most important source of independent validation that the program has at least enough educational value to be approved by a credible, independent, reliable organization that has the U.S. Department of Education’s approval.
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine program in dental education is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognize by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: https://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Students, faculty, constituent dental societies, state boards of dentistry, patients, and other interested parties may submit an appropriate, signed, formal complaint to the Commission on Dental Accreditation regarding any Commission accredited dental, allied dental or advanced dental education program, or a program that has an application for initial accreditation pending. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program’s compliance with the Commission’s standards, policies and procedures. The Commission is interested in the continued improvement and sustained quality of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.