Admission Criteria for Dental Assisting Programs

Admission to the Dental Assisting Programs is limited to students selected by the Dental Assisting Admissions Committee. Decisions are made after the application deadline when all materials can be reviewed. The campus program and distance learning program each admit one class per year, beginning in August.

 Admissions Process

1.       IUPUI Application Process: (STEP 1)

  • All dental assisting applicants must first be admitted to IUPUI through the IUPUI Office of Admissions.
  • Go to to complete the IUPUI undergraduate application and pay the application fee. The Office of Admission must have official transcripts from high schools and colleges you have attended.
  • No final dental assisting application decisions will be made before a decision from IUPUI.

    Application Location
    IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    420 University Blvd.  CE 255 (Located in the Campus Center)
    Indianapolis, IN 46202 
    (317) 274-4591

    Mailing Address for official transcripts:
    IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    425 University Blvd. CA 147
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

2.       Dental Assisting Application Process: (STEP 2)

  • The Dental Assisting Program will accept applications for the 2014-2015 year beginning March 15  through June 1, 2014.  Click here for the Dental Assisting application.

  • Everyone must submit an OFFICIAL high school transcript (9-12 grades) of the academic work you have completed. If applicable, submit a copy of GED Certificate and Scores. If you are currently enrolled in your senior year of high school, initial transcript should include fall semester of your senior year. Final official transcripts for all academic work completed must be received in the IUSD Office of Student Records and Admissions by the deadline before admission decisions can be made.

  • If you are currently enrolled in college courses or have attended a college, university, or vocational program, you must submit an OFFICIAL transcript from both high school and college. Final official transcripts of all academic work completed must be received in the IUSD Office of Student Records and Admissions by the deadline before admission decisions can be made.

  • The dental assisting application is available from this website by clicking on the Forms link on the left. You must apply to IUPUI first and use your student ID number on the dental assisting application form.

  • Dental Office Observation Documentation: All applicants must observe a dental assistant in a dental office for a minimum of 8 hours. Observation forms may be obtained online from our website under the Forms section. Your hours of observation must be verified by the office. Please ask the office to type a note verifying your observation hours on their office letterhead. This document must include your name, date, time of observation and the dental assistant’s name that you observed.  This document must be signed by either the doctor or the office manager. The IUSD Student Records and Admissions Office must receive this documentation by the deadline.

  • The Observation form that you can download from our Forms link must be used to document the procedures you observed while in the dental office.

  • Background checks will be a part of the application process. The new background check process is still being developed by the Indiana University Administration. We will publish this information as soon as it is available. Please check back often for the latest information.

Applications, transcripts, observation memo and listing of procedures observed from dental office must be received by the Office of Student Records and Admissions by the deadline, June 1. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Send all official documents to:

Office of Student Records and Admissions
I.U. School of Dentistry
ll2l West Michigan Street, DS 105
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 274-8173
FAX: (317) 278-9066

The Admissions Committee reviews all qualified applications. English, Science and the Cumulative GPAs are evaluated for each applicant.  The applicant must have earned at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in each of these areas.  Both high school and college GPAs are considered.

The following courses are commonly accepted in the category for English: English Composition, Literature, Etymology, Speech, Medical Terminology, Latin, and Journalism course work. We do not accept Year Book credits.

Common courses accepted in the Science category: Biology, Chemistry for non-majors, Chemistry with a lab, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology as a Biological Science. We do not accept non-Life Science Courses.

Applicants must have at least two courses in the category of English and two courses in the category of Science for that category to be considered complete for evaluation.

4.   Individuals for whom English is a secondary language must demonstrate proficiency in English before being admitted to the dental assisting program. The dental assisting admissions committee requires an interview and/or writing exercise to determine the applicant’s English skills. English for Academic Purposes Exam (EAP) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required and test results will be used as part of the dental assisting admissions evaluation. Students must be able to understand spoken English very well and be able to respond to questions from patients on the clinic floor.

5.  The Dental Assisting Admissions Committee requires that you write a Personal Statement using the criteria listed below.

Personal Statement: please explain in 500 words or less:

  • Why you chose to pursue a career in dental assisting and elaborate on any special qualities that you possess that will help you become a great dental assistant.
  • What you have been doing since you graduated from high school. If you are still in high school, tell us about your extracurricular activities. 
  • Discuss any leadership roles that you have held and what you have learned from these positions.
  • Describe any obstacles that you may have had to overcome to meet your goals.

 6.  This completes the applicant’s portion of the application process. 
     See Pre-enrollment Requirements for the next steps for accepted students.