Dental Education

Dental Education

Certificate in Dental Assisting

Certificate in Dental Assisting

The dental assisting program is a ten (10) month, 36 credit hour program commencing in August and completing June of the following year.  Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building.  All students must receive a grade of C or better in each of the courses to be eligible for graduation.

A total of 36 credit hours must be completed which include:

  • H214 - Oral Anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • A112 - Medical and Dental Emergencies and Dental Therapeutics (2 credit hours)
  • A121 - Microbiology and Asepsis Techniques (2 credit hours)
  • A171 - Clinical Science I (5 credit hours)
  • A131 - Dental Materials I (2 credit hours)
  • A111 - Oral Pathology, Physiology and Anatomy I (2 credit hours)
  • A113 - Oral Pathology, Physiology and Anatomy II (1credit hour)
  • A172 - Clinical Science II (5 credit hours)
  • A141 - Preventive Dentistry
  • H242 - Introduction to Dentistry (1 credit hour)
  • A161 - Behavioral Science (1 credit hour)
  • H303 - Radiology I (2 credit hours)
  • H224 - Oral Histology and Embryology (1 credit hour)
  • A132 - Dental Materials II (2 credit hours)
  • A162 - Oral and Written Communications (2 credit hours)
  • A182 - Practice Management, Ethics, and Jurisprudence (2 credit hours)
  • A152 - Radiology Clinic II (1 credit hour)

Program Special Features:

The Dental Assisting Program at Indiana University Northwest is fully accredited.  A graduate of the program is eligible for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.  Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate earns the title:  Certificate Dental Assisting (CDA) 

Graduates of the Dental Assisting Certificate Program can pursue an Associate and/or Baccalaureate Degree in General Studies through the Division of Continuing Studies.


Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accreditation body recognized by the Council of Post Secondary Education and by the United States Department of Education.  

Career Options:

Employment opportunities are available in private dental practice (general or specialty), hospitals, educational institutions, business, and federal, state and community clinics.