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The Dental Assisting program at Ivy Tech is taught by instructors who have all worked as dental assistants in the field.  Students will get to study in a state-of-the-art dental lab learning a variety of skills including developing x-rays, pouring plaster models and mixing and placing dental materials. For more information about dental assisting, visit the American Dental Assistant's Association website.

The Dental Assisting program is a selective admission program.  When you apply to the college, you would be accepted into the Healthcare Specialist program with a concentration in Dental Assisting while you complete the prerequisite requirements.  The Dental Assisting program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process.  Contact your campus of interest below for more details.

Students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing and physical exam.  The details and process will be provided at an orientation.  Please contact the program faculty for more detailed information.

Our Graduates


Graduates of the Dental Assisting program are ready to move right in to local, good-paying jobs in the community, and are currently working in local dentist offices.  Our students graduate with multiple state and national certifications, and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety exam to apply for the state license after graduation.  Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree will have opportunities to work in dental supplies sales and insurance.


Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of technical certificate and degree below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

Technical Certificate:

Technical Certificate
(43 credit hours = 4 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(64 credit hours = 5 semesters)

Gainful Employment Information

When applying to the college you should select “Healthcare Spec Dental Asstg” as your desired program of study and “Associate of Applied Science” as your intended program degree.  You will be accepted into Healthcare Specialist with a concentration in Dental Assisting while you complete the prerequisite requirements.   

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Locations

The Dental Assisting program is offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.

Accrediting Agencies for Dental Assisting

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-1504

American Dental Association Commission Of Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2915