Howard Healthcare Academy Awarded National Accreditation

San Diego dental school granted accreditation by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education

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SAN DIEGO--()--Howard Healthcare Academy, the only school in San Diego strictly dedicated to dental programs, founded by the creators of The Super Dentists, was recently granted its accreditation by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Announcement of the action was made by Dr. Lois Gackenheimer, Commission Chair, following the June Commission Meeting of the Council on Occupational Education on June 10, 2021. The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Commission, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers. The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.

Howard Healthcare Academy began its self-study in November 2019 and underwent a team visit in February 2021. The visiting team chairperson was Steve Sullivan. The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation.

“We are thrilled Howard Healthcare Academy has received its accreditation from COE. We’ve already begun the application process to receive federal and state funding, which in turn, will help more students finance their career in dental assisting,” said Kami Hoss, DDS, MS, co-founder of Howard Healthcare Academy and The Super Dentists, the largest pediatric dental practice in San Diego. “Dental Assisting is both in demand right now and is an industry forecasted to have double digit growth in California over the next five years.”

According to the Bureau of Labor, dental assisting is expected to grow by 11% between 2018 and 2028, which is a higher rate than many other industries.

Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education. Institutional membership in the Council is voluntary but can be achieved only by becoming accredited.

The Council’s current membership makes it unique. Members include postsecondary public technical institutes, specialized military and national defense schools, Job Corps Centers, private career schools, non-profit technical education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the Council. There are over 500 institutional members at the present time.

Due to Howard Healthcare Academy’s partnership with The Super Dentists’ state-of-the-art facilities, students benefit by getting experience in a practicing dental office. Through real life learning environments, and technical courses, Howard Healthcare Academy prepares students with the practical knowledge they need to land and succeed in a dental assisting position.

A leader in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for 25 years, Dr. Hoss, co-founder of The Super Dentists, found a need for highly trained dental assistants, and the demand became more apparent as the company grew. He and his team set out to reinvent and transform the dental education experience.

Howard Healthcare Academy is Dental Board of California approved, a certified Continuing Education (CEU) provider, and recently obtained its accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

Howard Healthcare Academy is located at 9737 Aero Drive in the Serra Mesa area of San Diego (92123). For more information, CALL or TEXT (619) ACADEMY (222-3369), visit, or email

Dr. Kami Hoss brings decades of experience working in the dental space and has treated more than 10,000 patients. He has served as faculty at the University of Southern California’s postgraduate orthodontic program. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Diego Dental Society. With this extensive background, he has served countless clients and developed a reputation for making dental care accessible.


Sara Wacker, APR
(858) 945-1104

Release Summary

Howard Healthcare Academy was recently granted its accreditation by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).


Sara Wacker, APR
(858) 945-1104