The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The following seven programs within the College of Dentistry are fully accredited by CODA:

  • D.M.D.
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

For more information on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, please visit the ADA Accreditation site. For further information on accreditation, please contact the Medical University of South Carolina JBE College of Dental Medicine’s Office of Academic Affairs at 843-792-2344.

Accreditation by CODA means that our programs meet or exceed established national standards for a professional program leading to the DMD degree or specialty certification. Whereas accreditation applies to training programs, licensure applies to individuals. Each of our programs prepares students for and makes them eligible to take relevant licensing exams, which all individuals must pass in order to practice dentistry or a dental specialty. Passing the licensure exam is necessary but it may not be sufficient to practice in a given state.

You can find additional requirements for practicing in each state at this site