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Now Available: 2015 ADEA Compendium of Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Education Programs

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The much anticipated American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Compendium of Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Education Programs is now available. This revised edition applies the combined knowledge and expertise of 36 allied dental educators, 11 of whom had participated in the last revision assembly of 2005. In response to an increasing number of requests to reprint and distribute the existing guidelines to a number of new allied dental education programs, directors and faculty, the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors Administrative Board set in motion a formal revision project, and released the updated guide in May 2015. 

The guidelines are designed for allied dental curriculum development assistance, specifically proving most beneficial for new programs and faculty needing content direction in newly developed areas of study. Although not to be considered official policy statements of ADEA, the goal of the second revision initiative was to produce a contemporary document including various educational strategies, electronic resources and blended learning formats. However, with accreditation standards requiring frequent updates, many program directors emphasized a need for more specific content guidelines moving forward. Most of the 2015 revisions target dental hygiene educators and programs with a few areas focused on combining dental hygiene and assisting programs. 

The document, along with additional resources for allied dental educators, is available at adea.org/alliedtoolkit

Published on September 9, 2015.
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