Dental Assisting

Certification courses for dental assistants

We offer several certification courses for dental assistants.

Course content

Students in our Expanded Functions course will receive training in:

  • Terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Rubber dam technique
  • Resin and amalgam restorative techniques for Class I, II, III, IV, and V restorations, as well as the necessary matrix technique for each restoration


To take our Expanded Functions course you must be currently employed and be one of the following:

  • A certified dental assistant
  • A dental assistant with at least two years of hands-on dental assisting experience within the last five years
  • A licensed dental hygienist

Course content

An orientation and review presentation will be available online four weeks prior to the start of the course. The first session will provide additional review with the course entrance exam. This exam will be administered with both written and practical testing methods. Due to the advanced nature of this dental assisting course, an adequate knowledge of anatomy, terminology, and instrumentation is essential for successful participation.

Failure to take or pass either entrance exam will result in withdrawal from the course, and a $450 fee will be assessed to cover nonrecoupable costs. The remaining balance will be credited towards a future Expanded Functions program. Participants will have one year to complete the course. No refunds will be issued.

Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. Any missed instructional session will result in a zero and may warrant withdrawal from the program.


The cost for this course is $1,400. The cancellation fee is $50.

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry allows both coronal tooth polishing and fluoride application as a permitted function of a trained and certified dental assistant. These board-approved courses provide the didactic and laboratory training required for certification.

Course content

Students in our Coronal Polishing course will receive training in:

  • Overview of ethics, laws, and infection control
  • Understanding plaque and materia alba
  • Recognizing intrinsic and extrinsic stains
  • Types of abrasive agents used when performing coronal polishing
  • Proper handpiece use and armamentarium

Students in our Fluoride Application course will receive training in:

  • Overview of ethics, laws, and infection control
  • Effects and benefits of fluoridation
  • Caries process
  • Systemic fluoride
  • Benefits and contraindications of topical fluoride
  • Appropriate types and delivery mechanisms of fluoride for patients

All didactic instruction will be completed online. Participants will receive instructions that will allow them access to Indiana University’s Canvas system. All lecture material will be available online 24 hours a day. Participants must pass all quizzes prior to attending a laboratory session.

Laboratory sessions will consist of four (4) hours of laboratory work on mannequins and fellow participants. Laboratory sessions are scheduled approximately every six weeks. Participant must demonstrate clinical competency on a minimum of five (5) patients under the direct supervision of an Indiana licensed dentist.


To take our Coronal Polishing or Fluoride Application course you must be one of the following:

  • A graduate of a Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association approved program
  • A practicing dental assistant for a minimum of one (1) year


  • Michelle Priest, CDA, EFDA, BS is clinical director of Dental Assisting
  • Sheri Alderson, CDA, EFDA, BS is clinical lecturer in Dental Assisting


The cost for these courses is $495 individually or $850 for both courses. No refunds will be given if you have accessed the online material. There is a $50 cancellation fee if you have not accessed the online material.

Indiana law requires a radiology permit in order to take dental radiographs and use x-ray technology in Indiana. This course meets all Indiana requirements in education and will prepare Indiana dental assistants to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Exam.

Course content

The didactic component of this course will include several hours of online dental radiology modules. Participants must complete modules and pass quizzes (75%) in order to continue with the laboratory component.

Participants will attend a laboratory session during which radiology procedures with equipment, instruments, and live radiation on a mannequin will be presented. Participants will expose, process, mount, and evaluate dental radiographs. There will be no practicing on live patients during this laboratory experience. Participants receiving a 75% or higher in the laboratory component will be able to continue on to the clinical component.

The clinical component of this course can be completed only after the participant has successfully passed the didactic and laboratory components. Participants will be required to satisfactorily complete a series of radiographs on live patients under the supervision of a licensed Indiana dentist.


To take our Radiology class, you must have been a dental assistant for a minimum of one (1) year.

This program offers a review of basic dental radiology concepts as required by the Indiana State Department of Health Medical Radiology Services.


Heather Taylor, LDH, BS, MPH received her dental hygiene degree and Master of Public Health from Indiana University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Health.


The cost for this course is $579. No refunds will be given if you have accessed the online material. There is a $50 cancellation fee if you have not accessed the online material.

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