College of Health and Human Services

Admission to the dental assisting program is limited to 24 students per year. To be accepted into the program you must do the following:

  1. Be accepted by IPFW
  2. Take IPFW placement tests in English and Math or have transfer credit in English and Math
  3. Make an appointment with a Dental Assisting department advisor (Mandatory)
  4. Submit a separate dental assisting application
  5. Bring copies of all unofficial transcripts to your advising meeting
  6. Observe in two general dental offices and complete the forms provided by our department
  7. Take prerequisite courses with a grade of "C-" or better

Application and Forms

Application Deadline

Your acceptance into the program is based on timely completion of all requirements, prerequisite and preferred admission course grades, and courses taken at IPFW, IU or Purdue campuses.

The Dental Assisting application and two observation forms must be completed and received by March 1st prior to the fall term in which you wish to enter. The number of eligible applicants each year greatly exceeds the number of spaces available. Students tend to apply one year in advance for the dental assisting program.

All applications received after the March 1st deadline will be considered on a space available basis only.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1st with a grade of "C-" or better.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • BIOL 12600 - Human Biology (3 cr. hours)
  • COM 11400 — Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr. hours)
  • ENG W131 —  Reading, Writing, & Inquiry I (3 cr. hours)
  • PSY 12000 — Elementary Psychology (3 cr. hours)
  • SOC S161 - Principles of Sociology (3 cr. hours)

Preferred Admission Courses:

  • BIOL 20300 — Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr. hours)
  • BIOL 20400 — Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr. hours)
  • DAST A122 — Introduction to Dentistry (1 cr. hr.)
  • CHHS 10600 - Medical Terminology (3 cr. hours)
  • OLS 25200 - Human Relations in Organizations (3 cr. hours)

Computer Skills:

The dental profession requires that dental assistants be competent in computer software in not only the business office, but the clinical treatment room. Most dental practices use dental software. Please assess your computer knowledge and determine if you will need to take a computer course. If you do not feel you are comfortable with computer hardware and software, we strongly suggest you take ETCS 10600 Introduction to Computers.

General Dentist Observations:

You will need to observe a minimum of two hours at two different dental offices. Observation forms deadline: must be received by March 1st.  Contact any general dentistry offices to complete these observations.

If you have worked in dentistry (must be at least two weeks), please have a signed letter from the dental office in which you were employed or interned, stating the dates and length of time you were employed by or interned with that office.

Class Selection Process

           In Order of Importance –
1.        Program Application and Observation Forms:

           A. Met with a Dental Assisting advisor before March 1st.
           B. The Dental Assisting application was received by March 1st.
           C. Two general dentist observations were received by March 1st.
           D. Proof that Hepatitis B vaccination series was at least started by March 1st.
           E. Unofficial transcripts with Spring 2016 grades are received by the Department of Dental Education by May 15th.

2.        Prerequisite Courses:

           A. All prerequisite courses were completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

           B. A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5/4.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 is required to be eligible for entrance into the dental assisting program.
           C. Students may repeat required courses one time. However, the second grade will be used to calculate prerequisite GPA.

3.        University Preference:
           A. Students who complete at least one of their prerequisite courses at IPFW, Indiana University, or Purdue University, will be considered first for entrance into the program. 

4.        Number of Preferred Admissions classes successfully completed (with a “C-” or better.)

5.        Prerequisite GPA:

        All applicants will be rank ordered from highest GPA (4.0) to lowest possible GPA (2.5).

           Transfer grades must be included to figure the prerequisite GPA. Required courses may be repeated only one time and the second grade will be the grade used to calculate prerequisite GPA.  Repeated courses will not be averaged.

6.        Cumulative GPA - tie-breaker

Students may repeat courses once. The second course grade will be used in GPA calculations (see the undergraduate bulletin for details).

    Applicants will receive a letter (at the address they indicate on their application) during the first or second week in June.  This letter will indicate acceptance or alternative status in the program. Applicants accepted to the program will be required to attend our program orientation in July.  Applicants must remit intentions to accept or deny the offered position to the program.

    Information regarding Alternate Status – applicants can be considered an alternate if they:
        1.    are still taking prerequisite courses in the summer
        2.    apply after the March 1 application deadline
        3.    complete the two dental office observations after March 1
        4.    show status that Hepatitis B vaccination series was at least started by March 1