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Dental Assisting


Indiana University School of Dentistry's top ranked Dental Assisting program

Located on two campuses:  the urban campus of Indiana University - Purdue University and the new IUFW campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Quick Facts:

Accreditation - All I.U. Dental Assisting programs are CODA accredited.  Students who successfully complete our program are eligible to take three Dental Assisting National Board Examinations after graduation. 

Program length for Fall 2019 - One academic year (two semesters) composed of 15 mandatory courses constituting significant amounts of time dedicated to clinical instruction, laboratory time, and lectures. 

Looking toward the future - Should you choose to continue your education, five baccalaureate degrees at IUPUI are available by being double coded with dental assisting and the baccalaureate degree of your choice from the following list:  Public Health, Health Sciences, Organization Leadership and Supervision, Individualized Major Program or General Studies. 

Several educational options - Applicants may choose between the following tracks offered to earn a certificate in dental assisting: a traditional full-time, on-campus program either at the IUPUI campus or on the I.U. Fort Wayne campus.  The IUPUI campus program students receive their training at the School of Dentistry with a few off campus clinical sites, or in our 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 IUFW university campus students complete their classes on the IUFW university and complete most of their clinical hours in local Fort Wayne dental offices.

Beginning with the Fall of 2019, all School of Dentistry dental assisting programs will be one academic year in length (two semesters).  This curriculum is composed of 15 mandatory courses encompassing approximately 900 hours of lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction.   Students who successfully complete of the program receive a certificate in dental assisting from Indiana University and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. 

While in any School of Dentistry dental assisting 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 at the Indianapolis campus or at IU Fort Wayne.  IU Fort Wayne also offers a course in Orthodontics that students may pursue at that location.

Applicants may chose between the two educational tracks offered to earn a certificate in dental assisting:  a traditional full-time, on campus program in which students receive their training at the School of Dentistry, or in Fort Wayne at the IUFW campus, or in a full-time distance learning program.  Students in the Distance Learning Program complete their nonclinical courses online, while receiving clinical experience in dental offices in ttheir community.  Interested in more information about this program, please refer to the tab specifically for this program.

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 membership in the student professional association, the American Dental Education Association. 

Applications are received January 2 – June 15. 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 any 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 and IUFW classes.  Continue to the Financial Aid tab for more information concerning this topic at the IUPUI location.  IUFW students will need to check the IUFW Student Central webpage for more informaion.

 Indiana University Nondiscriminatory Policy

Indiana University complies with all Federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in matters pertaining to admission, employment, and access to programs. The University has an Affirmative Action Program and an Affirmative Action Office on each Campus to ensure compliance with these regulations. Persons with questions regarding discrimination should contact the Affirmative Action Office on their Campus. Office on their Campus.

Student Consumer Information for Dental Assisting

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Gainful Employment Information

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Infectious Disease and Bloodborne Pathogens

Dental Assisting program's policy on infectious disease and bloodborne pathogens is available to applicants upon request.