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What is the difference between an accredited CDA program and a non accredited CDA program?

An accredited CDA program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). CDAC accreditation is the nationally recognized standard for evaluating the quality of the educational process for dentistry. Each CDA program must apply for accreditation and meet CDAC standards in order to become an accredited CDA program.

When you ask a school if their CDA program is accredited, you must indicate that you are referring to accreditation by CDAC, because there is a different level of accreditation that a school has: accreditation by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) (a provincial government agency). The PCTIA accredits a school to run as an educational institution. This accreditation has no bearing on your CDA program being accredited.

Visit the CDAC website for the most current listing of accredited programs.

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