Public Notice: NWF State College Solicitation for Third Party Comments for Dental Assistant Program Accreditation


NICEVILLE, FL- The Dental Assistant Program at Northwest Florida State College will be receiving a site-visit from the Commission on Dental Accreditation on November 16 and 17, 2017. Northwest Florida State College is required to solicit third-party comments from communities of interest such as faculty, students, program administrators, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and consumers.

The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, either in writing or at a public hearing (at the accrediting agencies’ discretion) with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies. In order to comply with the Department's requirement on the use of third-party comment regarding program’s qualifications for accreditation or initial accreditation, the following procedures have been developed.

All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards 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. A written response from the program should be provided to the Commission office and the visiting committee fifteen (15) days prior to the site visit. Adjustments may be necessary in the site visit schedule to allow discussion of comments with proper personnel. Negative comments received after the established deadline of sixty (60) days prior to the site visit will be handled as a complaint.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.

Third-party comments must be received by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (60) days prior to the site visit on November 16, 2017.  This date is on Friday, September 15, 2017.   Please submit comments or questions to:

Commission on Dental Accreditation

211 E. Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

For more information on NWF State College’s dental assistant program, please contact Julie Nelson or 850-729-6444.