Attendance Policy

Registration fees for this conference are based on individual ADEA membership. You must be a current ADEA member to qualify for the member registration rate. If you are not a current ADEA member, the nonmember rate will apply.

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This annual conference allows allied dental education program administrators to discuss areas of mutual concern in a small meeting format.

The conference also:

  • Provides a forum for exchanging information on policies and programs.
  • Stimulates the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information.
  • Serves as a mechanism to address specific issues.
  • Facilitates communication and networking opportunities.
  • Provides the opportunity to exchange information about accreditation standards and their implementation to help programs prepare for upcoming site visits.


▶ The following program directors are eligible to attend this conference:

  • Program director; program coordinator; department chair who has oversight of a Commission on Dental Accreditation- (CODA-)accredited allied program; interim director; coordinator or chair; and co-chair, co-coordinator or co-director of CODA-accredited allied dental programs (co-directors, co-coordinators or co-chairs must have this shared responsibility defined by institutional contract);
  • 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 who has retired and no longer holds a faculty appointment or affiliation with an allied dental education program;
  • Former program director who has assumed a different administrative position within the same institution where the CODA-accredited program is housed;
  • Program director who has completed an initial accreditation* 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; and
  • Program directors of advanced allied dental programs that are not eligible for CODA-accreditation.

*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 is in 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 on one or more site evaluation visit(s) and until the program is fully operational.

Please note: Program directors are allowed to bring one faculty as part of succession planning, such as an assistant program director or the faculty member chosen to replace the current program director. This additional attendee may attend most of the conference but is not allowed to attend Council of Allied Dental Program Directors’ executive sessions, which is for Council members only.

▶ The following individuals are NOT eligible to attend the conference:

  • Substitutes for a program director who could not attend.
  • Directors of programs eligible for CODA accreditation that are NOT accredited.


Individuals handling registration will cross-check registrant names with the CODA list for program director status.

In addition, ADEA membership status will also be checked. Program directors who work for multiple schools must register for the ADPDC through the school for which they are serving as program director.