College of Health and Human Services

Schools & Divisions

Dental Education
Dental Assisting Admission Procedures

Candidates for admission to the program must be high school graduates with a 2.0 grade point average
(on a 4.0 scale), or GED equivalent. High school courses in biology, chemistry, and computers are strongly recommended.

Each candidate must submit the following materials to the Dental Education Admissions Advisor prior to July 1 for consideration for entry into the class beginning in the fall semester of that year. (Applications submitted beyond the July 1 deadline will be considered based upon class availability.)

  1. Applicants must first make application to IU Northwest if not previously admitted by an Indiana University campus. Please contact the IU Northwest Admissions Office for an application at (219) 980-6991.
  2. Complete a Dental Assisting Program Application. This application is available online at, in the Dental Education Department, Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Room 1180, or by calling (219) 980-6770. A separate application must be submitted to each campus the student is interested in attending.
  3. Two IU Northwest Dental Education Recommendation Forms.
  4. Official college and university transcripts, if applicable.

In August, upon receipt of all application materials, applicants are required to attend the Dental Assisting Applicant Open House. Applicants will be notified by mail concerning the date and time of the Open House.

Class size for the dental assisting program is limited. Therefore, each applicant is encouraged to schedule an appointment with the advisor of the dental assisting program and to apply early. The Dental Assisting Admissions Committee reviews all applicants without discrimination or favor of sex, age, race, religion or national origin.

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