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Accreditation Process

The Dugoni School is planning for accreditation review of its DDS and IDS (Pre-Doc), AEGD and Orthodontics programs. Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary peer review process by which educational institutions or programs may be granted public recognition for compliance with accepted standards of quality and performance. Specialized accrediting agencies exist to assess and verify the quality of educational programs in particular professions or occupations to ensure that individuals will be qualified to enter those disciplines upon graduation. The school successfully completed accreditation of its Oral Surgery program in 2010 and its Dental Hygiene program in 2012.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is the specialized agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit programs that provide basic preparation for licensure or certification in dentistry and related disciplines.

The Dugoni School Accreditation Planning Process 2012-2014

The Dugoni School's Accreditation Steering Committee is chaired by Dr. Nader Nadershahi, Executive Association Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This committee oversees a self-study steering committee, co-chaired by Dr. Nadershahi and Dr. Daniel Bender, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.

Nine self-study teams are responsible for organizing ad-hoc committee reports into one self-study report to be used in the accreditation process. Self-study teams are exploring the following topics: Institutional Effectiveness; Educational Program — Instruction, Curriculum Management, Critical Thinking and Self-Assessment; Educational Program — Biomedical Sciences; Educational Program — Behavioral Sciences, Practice Management and Health Care Systems, Ethics and Professionalism; Educational Program — Clinical Sciences; Faculty and Staff; Educational Support Services; Patient Care Services and Research Program.

In addition to a self-study report, the accreditation process includes an accreditation review team site visit to the dental school October 28-30, 2014.

Learn More

Please direct any questions about accreditation to Dr. Daniel Bender, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at 415.929.6437 or dbender@pacific.edu. More information will be posted to this web page as the process moves forward.