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.
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.