The Campus Dental Assisting Program


The campus dental assisting program is a division of the Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs within the School of Dentistry. Students enrolled in the campus program are immersed in the profession of dentistry. Our students have innumerable opportunities for learning in and outside the classrooms, labs, pre-clinics and clinics in which they are enrolled. There are opportunities to learn from the pre-doctoral students or residents they assist in clinic, dental faculty members and staff dental assistants they come into contact with during their clinical rotations. Our students have unlimited access to a variety of clinical settings and the expertise of internationally known dental faculty.

The dental assisting program’s faculty are experienced and dedicated dental professionals who are well known in the profession; internationally, nationally and locally. We have many years of private practice experience in multiple practice settings and teaching experience. Our commitment to teaching excellence ensures a comprehensive education for the next generation of dental assistants and enables us to provide the dental community with professional, competent, healthcare providers.

Our students are assigned to a Comprehensive Care Clinic at the beginning of school. They begin their clinical experiences in the third week of classes, first observing and then practicing assisting skills they have learned in their Clinical Science course beginning with the fourth week. Classes, labs and clinics are taught in the School of Dentistry. During the spring semester students are assigned to required clinic sessions at off campus IUSD clinics and one community health clinic.

Reliable transportation is required for all students, no exceptions will be made.  Students should expect to be in classes, labs or clinics from 8-5 Monday through Friday.

Because of our unique educational environment, our students are in contact with many local dentists who are dental faculty members, pre-doctoral students and residents who will graduate and need employees. This puts our students in a good position to become employed, perhaps even before they graduate.

The campus program offers the elective course; Expanded Restorative Functions during the spring semester. This is a 3 credit hour course with a separate materials fee.  Students must qualify to register for this course. The information about qualifying for this course and other courses offerings are discussed early in the fall semester, so all students are informed. 

All students must have access to a computer to download course materials from Oncourse, I.U’s educational platform. Many courses provide videos for students to watch prior to the class session and podcasts of lectures for students' review of course material. These course materials will require a fast Internet connection to insure the student will actually be able to open the materials.

Most documents developed for the dental assisting program have been developed using Microsoft Office 7 documents. All students must have this software on their computers to be able to open documents uploaded into Oncourse.  Students can download the necessary software from the http://iuware.iu.edu/ site.