Dental Assisting


Dental Assisting CERT, School of Dentistry

Indiana University's Indianapolis-based dental assisting programs are one academic year in length (two semesters) and they are composed of 15 mandatory courses encompassing approximately 1,000 hours of lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction.  IUSD offers two programs, a traditional campus program and a distance learning program.   These programs are accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  Students who successfully complete either of the programs receive a certificate in dental assisting and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. 

While in either program, students will take the Coronal Polishing and Caries Prevention courses. With the successful completion of these courses, certificates will be awarded.  Students may also earn a certificate in Expanded Restorative Functions if they elect to take this course.

Our graduates may continue their education and choose from several baccalaureate degrees at IUPUI that accept our credits: Organization Leadership and Supervision, Public Health, Individualized Major Program, or General Studies.

Applicants may choose between two types of programs to earn a certificate in dental assisting: a traditional full-time, on-campus program in which students receive all of their training at the School of Dentistry, or a full-time distance-learning program, in which students complete most of their nonclinical courses online, while receiving clinical experience in dental offices in their community.

The Dental Assisting Programs offer a well-rounded educational experience.  In addition to lecture, lab, and clinic sessions, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities.  These activities include memberships in the student professional association, American Dental Education Association, and IUPUI Dental Assisting Club. 

Applications are received January 2 – June 1. See complete information on the Admissions page.

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Important Note Regarding Financial Aid for Dental Assisting Applicants:

All dental assisting applicants that are accepted by IUPUI are entered into the computer system at IUPUI as pre-dental assisting. Financial aid is not awarded for students coded as pre-dental assisting.  However, when applicants are accepted into either of our assisting programs, they will be recoded as dental assisting students and all eligible financial aid will be awarded to the applicants.  Financial aid is disbursed 10 days prior to the start of IUPUI classes. 

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