Third party comments open for YVC’s Dental Hygiene Program accreditation

Yakima Valley College’s Dental Hygiene Program is currently participating in the accreditation process through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA formally evaluates accredited programs, like YVC’s, at regular intervals. The complete standards can be found on the CODA website.

Third party comments may be submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients and consumers. Comments regarding the Dental Hygiene Program may be made until February 24, 2023. Third party comments should be emailed to the appropriate Commission staff noted below; comments should not be sent to the Commission office via the US Postal Service. ALL comments must be related to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies.

Commission Address
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Commission Contacts
Allied Dental Education
Jamie Asher Hernandez x4660;

Site Visit Coordination
Bernadette Molina x2668;

A copy of the accreditation standards for Dental Hygiene Programs and/or the full policy on third party comments may be obtained from the Commission at the above address or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.

A site visit with accreditors will be held April 27-28, 2023.

Additional Information: All comments submitted must pertain only to the students relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Only signed comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office.

All relevant comments will have signatures removed and will then be referred to the program at least fifty (50) days prior to the site visit for review and response.

Press Release Contacts:
Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 /
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 /