Foreign Dental Schools, now need approval of CODA, not just CDA. If the schools do not pass, what does this mean for current students?

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Above is a link to the Dental Board of CA website, where below you can find the two schools I am mentioning. And btw if you guys have experience with these schools, please let me know. Any information is very valuable in the grand scheme of things.

Back to the question at hand, recently I found out that even through the school in Leon, Mexico is approved to have accreditation till 2026, where they would have to go through the special process to accredit their school for another 7 years, now there is a new law that was recently passed at the begging of 2020. A part of it states:

**This bill, beginning January 1, 2020, would prohibit the board from accepting new applications for approval of foreign dental schools and would instead require foreign dental schools seeking approval to complete the international consultative and accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) or a comparable accrediting body approved by the board. The bill would require previously approved foreign dental schools to complete the CODA accreditation by January 1, 2024, to remain approved.**

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This means that regardless of when their CDA approval is due, they have to get approval by the CODA by 2024, if they want to continue to have their accreditation. Mexico tried to get CODA approval in 2018, when there was no law that required them to have it, and they failed it, but still passed the CDA.

Anyhow, if the same thing happens and they do not get approval from the CODA, what does this mean for the students who may be half way through their 4.5 year program? Will they be able to finish the program, pass the boards, and become a dentist in CA still as their CDA accreditation will expire in 2026? Or will the students that may be a year, or even a semester away from finishing that 4.5 year program, be told that their time and money spent the last couple of years are now invalidated?

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Above is a link to the Dental Board of CA website, where below you can find the two schools I am mentioning. And btw if you guys have experience with these schools, please let me know. Any information is very valuable in the grand scheme of things.

Back to the question at hand, recently I found out that even through the school in Leon, Mexico is approved to have accreditation till 2026, where they would have to go through the special process to accredit their school for another 7 years, now there is a new law that was recently passed at the begging of 2020. A part of it states:

**This bill, beginning January 1, 2020, would prohibit the board from accepting new applications for approval of foreign dental schools and would instead require foreign dental schools seeking approval to complete the international consultative and accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) or a comparable accrediting body approved by the board. The bill would require previously approved foreign dental schools to complete the CODA accreditation by January 1, 2024, to remain approved.**

The source: [Bill Text -

This means that regardless of when their CDA approval is due, they have to get approval by the CODA by 2024, if they want to continue to have their accreditation. Mexico tried to get CODA approval in 2018, when there was no law that required them to have it, and they failed it, but still passed the CDA.

Anyhow, if the same thing happens and they do not get approval from the CODA, what does this mean for the students who may be half way through their 4.5 year program? Will they be able to finish the program, pass the boards, and become a dentist in CA still as their CDA accreditation will expire in 2026? Or will the students that may be a year, or even a semester away from finishing that 4.5 year program, be told that their time and money spent the last couple of years are now invalidated?

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Good question...definitely if you graduated after the school lost its accreditation, you can't apply to a dental license....but the point is when La Salle gonna lose its accreditation in 2024 or 2026??? ( of course if they don't get CODA accreditation)

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I emailed the CDA to ask about this back in December (since I know people who attend La Salle). Their response was that the school would retain accreditation until 2026. I am assuming that if they don't get CODA approval by then it is game over. As far as I know, current students and future applicants are being informed of the circumstances and from what I've heard the school may be attempting to apply for CODA approval again.
 
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