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Dental Assisting
Graduates of the Dental Assisting Program at Ivy Tech can earn five workforce certifications, one license, and become immediately employable upon graduation.
Median Dental Assistant salary in Indiana
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223 Annual Job Openings
projected through 2020
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2018).

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 facility learning a variety of skills involving radiography, dental materials, infection control, chairside, and general dentistry as well as dental specialties. 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.

Transfer Partners

If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place.  Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!

Our Graduates

Graduates of the Dental Assisting program are ready to move in to good-paying jobs in the community, and are currently working in dentist offices. Our students graduate with industry-recognized certifications. During the program, students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam. Students passing the Radiation Health and Safety exam are eligible for a state radiology license after graduation.

Next Level Jobs

Indiana Next Level Jobs

You may be eligible for a free certificate offered through this degree program. Learn more.

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.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.

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 Student Learning Outcomes

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