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.
  • The IUPUI deadline for fall applications is May 1.

    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 to IUPUI:
    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 2019-2020 year beginning February 11 through June 15, but students that are already accepted to IUPUI have until August 1st to apply.  Please see the  link for Application on the left side of this page.  Under Application, you will find a link to submit your application to the dental assisting program.

  • You must apply to IUPUI first and use your student ID number on 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 TASC scores or a 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 Dental Assisting Office, I.U. School of Dentistry, 1121 W. Michigan Street, Rm. S409, Indianapolis, IN  46202 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 Dental Assisting Office by the deadline before admission decisions can be made.

  • Dental Office Observation Documentation: All applicants must observe a dental assistant in a dental office for a minimum of 8 hours. 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. This document must be uploaded with your application.

The program application, personal statement, dental assisting observation verification and all official transcripts must be received by the IUSD Dental Assisting Program by August 1.  However applications and documents received after this date will be considered until the class is full.   Please note, applicants applying by August 1 will receive priority consideration for admissions.

Send all official documents to:

Dental Assisting Program
I.U. School of Dentistry
Health Sciences Building
1050 Wishard Boulevard, Ste 3105
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 274-7801
FAX: (317) 274-1363

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.  GPAs are considered and the applicants are ranked.   The Admissions Commitee members meet to review applicant information and vote for the new class members. 

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. In addition to the above, Distance Learning applicants must also complete the sponsoring dentist form and the contact information for sponsoring dentist form.  Both forms can be found under the Forms link on the left side of the page.

7This completes the applicant’s portion of the application process.   See Pre-enrollment Requirements for the next steps for accepted students.