Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

Please refer to the commissions publication

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Please refer to the Commission's publication, Evaluation Policies and Procedures for the entire policy on "Complaints." Consultant Requests or Additional Information : Visiting committee members are expected to carefully review the completed self-study reports and note any questions or concerns they may have about the information provided. These questions are forwarded to Commission staff (or staff representatives), compiled and submitted to the program administrator prior to the visit. The requested information is provided to the team members either prior to the visit or upon their arrival to the program. Site Visit Committee Composition : The Commission on Dental Accreditation’s accreditation program is accomplished through mechanisms of annual surveys, site evaluations and Commission reviews. The visiting committees are assigned to review allied dental education programs by the Commission Chairman. The visiting committees are composed, as appropriate, 7
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of Commission staff representatives who are responsible for coordinating the visit and preparing the site visit report; Commission representatives/dentists who chair the committees; Commission-appointed site visitors in dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology who have expertise in their respective areas. With the institution’s permission, the Commission will invite a representative from the dental examining board of the state in which the institution is located to participate on the committee. State board representatives advise and consult with members of the site visit committee and participate fully in committee activities as non-voting members of the committee. State board representatives are required to sign the Commission’s “Agreement of Confidentiality.” After the Site Visit : The written site visit report embodies a review of the quality of the program. It serves as the basis for accreditation decisions. It also guides officials and administrators of educational institutions in determining the degree of their compliance with the accreditation standards. The report clearly delineates any observed deficiencies in compliance with standards on which the Commission will take action. The Commission is sensitive to the problems confronting institutions of higher learning. In the report, the Commission evaluates educational programs based on accreditation standards and provides constructive recommendations which relate to the Accreditation Standards and suggestions which relate to program enhancement. Preliminary drafts of site visit reports are prepared by the site visitors, consolidated by staff into a single document and approved by the visiting committee. The approved draft report is then transmitted to the institutional administrator for factual review and comment prior to its review by the Commission. The institution has a maximum of 30 days in which to respond. Both the visiting committee’s approved draft report and the institution’s response to it are considered by the Commission in taking the accreditation action.
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