DENTAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
A-1 Additional Year of Dental Education (1983, revised 2002, 2012)
The American Student Dental Association strongly supports high quality dental education, and favors voluntary postgraduate training and the creation of additional postgraduate opportunities. The American Student Dental Association is opposed to a mandatory one-year postgraduate program or the addition of an additional year to the present dental curriculum. The American Student Dental Association supports the option to complete a U.S CODA-accredited postgraduate residency program in lieu of a clinical licensure exam for the purpose of initial licensure.
A-2 Admission Requirements and Standards (1986, revised 1992, 2012)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that admission requirements and standards for admittance into a U.S. CODA-accredited dental school or dental residency program be upheld regardless of fluctuations in the applicant pool.
A-3 Timely Graduation (1997)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools must strive to graduate all of their students by the graduation date announced by the institution.
A-4 Distribution of Grades (1997)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should distribute student grades in a manner that is fully confidential.
A-5 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements (1997, revised 2002)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools are responsible for informing their students of all graduation requirements upon enrollment, and for providing related guidelines including initial licensure information and explanations of these requirements.
A-6 Dental School Disclosure of Information to Prospective Students (1997, revised 2002 and 2004)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should provide prospective students with adequate levels of current and accurate data pertaining to the likelihood of successful and timely completion of the dental degree, both prior to and throughout the application process.
Such information should include, but not be limited to, past and present graduation rates, student pass/fail rates on the National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II, patient pool size, annual tuition and fee data, and any other related information of concern to prospective students that may influence their choice of schools.
A-7 Collection of Clinic Patient Accounts (1998, revised 2002)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that responsibility for collection of dental school patient accounts rests ultimately with the dental school and not with individual students. Students should not receive a grade, an evaluation or credit for the clinical experience based upon the payment status of the patient’s account.
A-8 Assuring Dental Student Competence (1999, revised 2002 and 2004)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association to encourage the administrators of all U.S. dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation to graduate only students who have achieved competency in all required areas. In cases of unsatisfactory student performance, dental schools should provide positive intervention and allow for reasonable attempts at remediation. In cases where students fail to demonstrate competence after reasonable attempts at remediation, dismissal or other opportunities within the dental profession should be pursued.
A-9 Study Time for National Board Dental Examinations (2000, revised 2002, 2012)
The American Student Dental Association encourages the administrators of all U.S. CODA-accredited dental schools to provide students an adequate amount of time off from school to prepare for the National Board Dental Examination Part I (NBDE1) and National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE2) that includes, but is not limited to, an exam-free window before and after the boards.
A-10 Dental Degree Designations (2000, revised 2012)
The American Student Dental Association encourages the administrators of all U.S. CODA-accredited dental schools to confer the same degree for all U.S. dental schools upon graduation.
A-11 Conscious Sedation Training and Education (2000)
The American Student Dental Association supports the incorporation and continuance of clinical education and training in conscious sedation as part of the dental school curricula. Furthermore, ASDA also encourages the Commission on Dental Accreditation to maintain the support of conscious sedation education in their accreditation standards.
A-12 Curriculum Media Choice (2003)
The American Student Dental Association supports the individual student’s choice in purchasing either DVD or traditional textbooks in conjunction with predetermined curriculum at each dental school.
A-13 Dental Student Participation in the “Give Kids a Smile” Program (2005)
The American Student Dental Association encourages U.S. Dental Schools that participate in the "Give Kids a Smile" Program to allow the dental school curriculum to accommodate the students interested in participating in the event.
A-14 Residency Application Process (2005, revised 2008, 2012)
The American Student Dental Association encourages all U.S CODA-accredited residency programs to accept a standard, universal and affordable application and admissions process that does not request supplemental material already provided by the standard application.