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Allied Dental Programs Accreditation

The GCSC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs offered by Gulf Coast State College were initiated in 1970 and 1996, respectively.  The most recent evaluation of both programs was in 2019; this was the Commission’s seventh site evaluation of the Dental Assisting Program and fifth site evaluation of the Dental Hygiene program. The current  accreditation status for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene education programs are “approval without reporting requirements.”

Student Academic Grievance Procedure

Students in the GCSC Dental Programs have the right to file an academic complaint with the Office of Academic Affairs.  The College has outlined several grievance processes for students.  For more information please consult the Student Handbook and College Catalog.

American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation

Students, faculty, constituent dental societies, state boards of dentistry, and other interested parties have the right to file a complaint with the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.   A complaint is defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation as one alleging that a Commission-accredited education program, or a program which has an application for initial accreditation pending, may not be in substantial compliance with Commission standards or required accreditation procedures.

To file a complaint, write to the Commission at the address below.  A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678 or by calling 1.800.621.8099 Ext. 4653.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.