Hagerstown Community College’s dental assisting program recently received accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”
“This accreditation is a significant step for our dental assisting program,” said Angela Stoops, director of health sciences at HCC. “Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to sit for the Certified Dental Assistant exam upon completion, and certification greatly enhances their career mobility in the dental field.”
CODA, established in 1975, is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry.
HCC’s dental assisting certificate program consists of 35-credit hours of course work designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become a qualified member of the dental team. For more information, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/academics/divisions/health-science.