CODA votes to set accreditation standards for dental therapy education programs.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Therapeutics, Dental (Laws, regulations and rules)
Author: Wineinger, Joanne
Pub Date: 05/01/2012
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: May-June, 2012 Source Volume: 81 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8623000 Dental Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 303073609
Full Text: The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted to set accreditation standards for dental therapy education programs in the U.S. following a request from the University of Minnesota, and indicated that it would take at least two years to complete. The ADA reaffirmed its opposition to mid-level therapists and sent a special alert to all Minnesota ADA members confirming they are "firmly opposed" to anyone but a dentist diagnosing oral disease or performing surgical or irreversible procedures. ADA recognizes that any State or State Board of Dental Examiners can set specific scopes of practice under their jurisdiction and certify any educational or training programs without CODA accreditation.

by Joanne Wineinger, RDA, Ninth District Trustee
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