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Dental Assisting

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Median Dental Assistant salary in Indiana
874 Annual Job Openings
projected through 2020
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2020).

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

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Application Information

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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.


Dental Office Administration
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Technical Certificate:

Technical Certificate
(43 credit hours = 4 semesters)


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

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

Completion Guide

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Applied Science - Dental Assisting

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


    The Commission currently publishes, in its accredited lists of programs, the year of the next site visit for each program it accredits. In addition, the Commission posts its spring and fall announcements on the Accreditation News area of the Commission's website for those programs being site visited January through June or July through December.

Special site visits and initial accreditation site visits for developing programs may be scheduled after the posting on the Commission's website; thus, the specific dates of these site visits will not be available for publication. Parties interested in these specific dates (should they be established) are welcomed/encouraged to contact the Commission office. 

The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, either in writing or at a public hearing (at the accrediting agencies' discretion) with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies. In order to comply with the Department's requirement on the use of third-party comment regarding program's qualifications for accreditation or initial accreditation, the following procedures have been developed. 

Who Can Submit Comments?

Programs with the status of initial accreditation, and programs seeking initial accreditation must solicit comment through appropriate notification of communities of interest and the public such as faculty, students, program administrators, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and consumers. 

Comments Timing

On occasion, programs may be scheduled for special focused site visits and because of the urgency of the visit, solicitation of third­party comments within the ninety (90) day time-frame may not be possible. However, third party comments must be solicited at the time the program is notified of the Commission's planned site visit. In this case, the timeframe for solicitation of third-party comments will be shortened. 

How Comments Are Solicited     

The Commission will request written comments from interested parties on the CODA website. All comments relative to programs being visited will be due in the Commission office no later than sixty (60) days prior to each program's site visit to allow time for the program to respond. Therefore, programs being site-visited in January through June will be listed in the fall posting of the previous year and programs scheduled for a site visit from July through December will be listed in the spring posting of the current year. Any unresolved issues related to the program's compliance with the accreditation standards will be reviewed by the visiting committee while on-site. 

Those programs scheduled for review must solicit third-party comments through appropriate notification of communities of interest and the public such as faculty, students, program administrators, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and consumers at least ninety (90) days prior to their site visit. The notice should indicate the deadline of sixty ( 60) days for receipt of third-party comments in the Commission office and should stipulate that signed or unsigned comments will be accepted, that names and/or signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program, and that comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process.

The announcement may include language to indicate that a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621- 8099, extension 4653. 

What Types Of Comments Are Considered

All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Signed or unsigned comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office. 

How Comments Are Managed

All relevant comments will have names and/or signatures removed and will then be referred to the program at least fifty (50) days prior to the site visit for review and response. A written response from the program should be provided to the Commission office and the visiting committee fifteen (15) days prior to the site visit. Adjustments may be necessary in the site visit schedule to allow discussion of comments with proper personnel. Negative comments received after the established deadline of sixty ( 60) days prior to the site visit will be handled as a complaint.

Adopted: 07/95
Revised: 2/18; 2/16; 2/15; 8/13; 8/12, 8/11, 7/09, 8/02, 1/97
Reaffirmed: 8/13; 8/10, 1/03 


Ivy Tech – Sellersburg Campus

Program(s) to Be Reviewed

Dental Assisting

Site Visit Date

May 13-14, 2021

60-Day Deadline for Receipt of Comments In The Commision Office
(Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611)     

March 12, 2021