Program Approval Committee

Our Program Approval Committee (PAC) is a governance committee that helps us fulfill our program approval role. This committee reports and makes recommendations to Council but does not have authority to make decisions.

The PAC supports our organization’s responsibility for program approval by reviewing, recommending approval and monitoring dental assisting programs and courses.

Committee Members

Don Flaming
Shannon Theriault
Wanda Walker, Chair

Committee Activities

  • review and make recommendations regarding our dental assisting education principles, and program approval policies and procedures
  • review dental assisting education program and course approval applications, and program and course change applications
  • recommend granting an approval status to a dental assisting education program, re-entry program or advanced practice course
  • monitor dental assisting education programs, re-entry programs and advanced practice courses for compliance with the dental assisting education principles and program approval policies
  • recommend removal of an approval status from a dental assisting education program, re-entry programs and advanced practice courses

If you’re interested in joining the committee

We’d like to hear from you! If you have questions, send us a message. Tell us which committee you’re interested in and what you’d like to know.

When you’re ready to apply:

Who can apply?

Anyone. Our registrants and non-members are welcome to join this committee.

What we’re looking for

These are particularly helpful:

  • ability to apply education principles and processes
  • ability to apply critical thinking and evidence-informed inquiry
  • understanding of adult learning principles, teaching and learning strategies, instructional design, and program evaluation
  • ability to apply adult learning principles in classroom, online or through blended education delivery
  • knowledge of a systems approach to guide development of effective adult education
  • ability to complete an analysis of instructional needs
  • ability to apply evidence informed practice in curriculum design and development
  • ability to implement adult learning principles in delivery of adult education
  • ability to evaluate teaching and learning outcomes

Also helpful:


The PAC typically meets virtually four times throughout the year (once each quarter). Most of the committee’s work happens from January through April. However, this may change depending on the timing and number of applications the committee needs to review.