Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs

All programs accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) are assessed against the ADC/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (December 2014) (the Accreditation Standards).

The Accreditation Standards include five domains with a descriptive Standard Statement as shown in the following table.


Standard Statement

1. Public Safety

1. Public safety is assured.

2. Academic Governance & Quality Assurance

2. Academic governance and quality assurance processes are effective.

3. Program of study

3. Program design, delivery and resourcing enable students to achieve the required professional attributes and competencies.

4. The student experience

4. Students are provided with equitable and timely access to information and support.

5. Assessment

5. Assessment is fair, valid and reliable.

Each Standard Statement is supported by a set of Criteria. The Criteria are indicators that set out what is expected of an ADC accredited program to meet each Standard Statement.

The Criteria are indicators and NOT sub-Standards. When the ADC reviews a program for accreditation, the ADC considers if the Criteria are met, but takes an on-balance view of whether overall the education provider has shown that a Standard Statement has been met.

Guidelines for Accreditation

The Guidelines for Accreditation support the Accreditation Standards. The Guidelines explain and set out the accreditation process and are available by clicking on the following link:

 ADC/DC(NZ) Guidelines for Accreditation of Education and Training Programs for Dental Practitioners.

The Guidelines for Accreditation outline the documentary evidence that education providers must provide to the ADC as part of the accreditation process.

For more information on the process see the Accreditation Process page.

Accreditation Standards - Information Sessions

The ADC held a series of information sessions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth during September, October and November 2015 to explain how the Accreditation Standards are used.

The information presented at these sessions is available via the following link:
Accreditation Information Presentation November 2015.

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