Eligibility/Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Registration fees for this conference are determined by participants’ membership status with ADEA. Participants must be from an allied dental education program, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 


The following programs directors are eligible to attend the conference:

  • Program director, program coordinator, department chair (that has oversight of a CODA-accredited allied dental education program) interim director, coordinator or chair, and co-chair, co-coordinator or co-director (co-directors, co-coordinators or co-chairs must have this shared responsibility defined by institutional contract) of CODA-accredited allied dental education programs.
  • Directors of degree completion and graduate programs in institutions with a CODA-accredited entry-level program.
  • Institutions that have entry-level CODA-accredited distance learning sites with specifically identified administrative distance site coordinators.
  • Any director that has retired and no longer holds a faculty appointment or affiliation with an allied dental education program.
  • Former program director that has assumed a different administrative position within the same institution where the CODA-accredited program is housed.
  • Program director that has completed an initial accreditation (IA)** site visit by CODA (may register and attend the conference as an affinity member).
  • Newly appointed director whose term does not begin until July or September following the conference.
  • Program directors of advanced allied dental education programs that are not eligible for CODA- accreditation.

The following individuals are NOT eligible to attend the conference:

  • Directors of programs eligible for CODA accreditation that are NOT accredited.
  • Substitutes (ie. if the program director cannot attend, he/she may not send a substitute).

* * Initial Accreditation is the accreditation classification granted to any dental, advanced dental or allied dental education program that is in the planning and early stages of development or an intermediate stage of program implementation and not yet fully operational. This accreditation classification provides evidence to educational institutions, licensing bodies, government or other granting agencies that, at the time of initial evaluation(s), the developing education program has the potential for meeting the standards set forth in the requirements for an accredited educational program for the specific occupational area. The classification "initial accreditation" is granted based upon one or more site evaluation visit(s) and until the program is fully operational.

Registration Verification

Individuals handling registration forms will be cross-checking registrant names with the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) list for program director status. Program directors who work for multiple schools must register for the ADEA ADPDC through the school in which they are serving as program director.