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Idaho State University

Dental Hygiene Program Receives Full Accreditation for Next Seven Years

instructor teaches two students in dental hygiene clinic

POCATELLO - Every seven years, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) conducts a formal review of all dental hygiene education programs in the United States, and Idaho State University has recently received full accreditation status.

According to a CODA document dated February 19, 2018, ISU’s “program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of ‘approval without reporting requirements.’” This means the programs achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

Jacque Freudenthal, chair and associate professor for the department says, “Full accreditation status is a substantial achievement and the success of our recent accreditation site visit was due to the dedication and concerted efforts of the faculty and staff in the department of dental hygiene. We strive for excellence in all we do so it was important for us to meet or exceed all of the standards. Students are the reason we are here and we strive to provide a comprehensive curriculum so our graduates are prepared to work and be successful in a variety of employment settings.”

The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized 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: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

The next site visit for the program is set for 2024.