Find Dental Assistant and Hygienist Training in Indiana

The world of dental practice in Indiana is enjoying healthy growth. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Employment for dental assistants is anticipated to grow by 15.1% in the 10 years to 2024. The story for dental hygienists is similar with growth expected to hit 14.8% for the same period.

These figures are well ahead of the averages nationally for dental professions and in Indiana for all professions.

Requirements

While there are no specific training requirements for basic dental assisting, any dental assistant who needs to use x-ray equipment or perform dental radiographic procedures in Indiana must obtain a limited dental radiographic license from the Indiana State Department of Health/Division of Medical Radiology Services. Obtaining this license involves completing an accredited educational program in radiography.

You can find a list of approved dental radiography educational programs here.

There are additional requirements for the “Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing.” To be qualified to polish the coronal surfaces of teeth, you must either have completed one year of employment in a dental practice and have completed Board-approved program that includes specific instruction in coronal polishing. Such instruction will include five hours of classroom instruction, two hours of lab work and practice on five patients under the observation of a licensed dentist.

Additionally there are requirements for caries prevention, and specifically the application of medicaments. You must either have a year of experience employed in a dental practice or completed a CODA-approved program including 9 hours of instruction (ethics and jurisprudence, reasons for fluoride, systemic fluoride, topical fluoride, toxicity of fluoride, fluoride application and infection control), two hours of lab work including practice on two patients in topical fluoride application, and practice on five patients under the observation of a licensed dentist.

Alternatively, for both coronal polishing and caries prevention you can complete a CODA-approved dental assisting program that fulfils these instructional requirements.

All applicants for dental hygiene licensure must hold a degree in dental hygiene and are required to pass a jurisprudence examination, the National Board dental hygiene exam and a clinical exam at one of the regional examiners. They must also hold a current Basic Life Support or Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

Popular Programs

Salaries in Indiana

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Dental Assistants in the state of Indiana earned an average of $38,630 annually, or $18.57 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bloomington, IN210$18.27$38,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI9,920$18.44$38,350
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2,100$19.16$39,860
Elkhart-Goshen, IN120$18.26$37,980
Evansville, IN-KY330$18.69$38,870
Fort Wayne, IN500$19.02$39,550
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN1,600$19.28$40,100
Kokomo, IN80$18.85$39,200
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN140$17.65$36,720
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1,500$19.08$39,690
Michigan City-La Porte, IN60$16.76$34,870
Muncie, IN80$16.03$33,340
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI290$20.09$41,780
Terre Haute, IN90$11.78$24,500

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

In 2016, the average salary for Dental Hygienists in Indiana, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $67,230, or $32.32 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bloomington, IN60$31.80$66,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI6,320$36.77$76,490
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN1,900$33.98$70,670
Elkhart-Goshen, IN200$30.10$62,600
Evansville, IN-KY**$33.05$68,750
Fort Wayne, IN350$28.79$59,880
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN1,670$33.31$69,280
Kokomo, IN130$33.21$69,070
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN100$31.98$66,510
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN730$31.37$65,260
Michigan City-La Porte, IN100$29.20$60,740
Muncie, IN110$33.20$69,070
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI340$32.42$67,420
Terre Haute, IN**$32.68$67,980

Dental Assisting

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Everest College-Merrillville

8585 Broadway, Suite 200, Merrillville, Indiana 46410
(219) 756-6811
http://www.everest.edu/campus/merrillville/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Merrillville in Lake County, IN. The majority of the school’s 637 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $16,973 and material costs of $1,043. The average completion time for the program is 8 months.

Kaplan College-Hammond

7833 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, Indiana 46324
(219) 844-0100
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

Kaplan College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Hammond in Lake County, IN. This private, for-profit college has approximately 397 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $13,940 and books and supplies costs of $980. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.

Evansville, IN-KY

University of Southern Indiana

8600 University Blvd, Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 464-8600
http://www.usi.edu/health/dental-assisting/degree-and-program

The University of Southern Indiana at Evansville offers a Dental Assistant Associate’s program. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year public college with 10,467 students, of which 91% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $6,698 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Indiana is $15,553.

Fort Wayne, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne

2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805-1499
(260) 481-6100
http://bulletin.ipfw.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=31&poid=5378&returnto=798

Indiana University’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Fort Wayne, IN. The program is ADA accredited. Of the 13,771 students, about 5% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $7,013 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $16,845.

Ross Medical Education Center-Fort Wayne

4122 Lima Road, Unit A5, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
(260) 471-4840
http://rosseducation.edu/programs-offered/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Ross Medical Education Center is taught at their Fort Wayne campus. The majority of the school’s 84 students are on < 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $15,680. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5143
(317) 274-5555
https://www.dentistry.iu.edu/departments/periodontics-and-allied-dental-programs/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Indiana University is taught at their Indianapolis campus. The program is ADA accredited. This is a full, 4-year public college with 30,451 students, of which 73% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $8,756 per year. Tuition for students from outside Indiana is $29,571.

Ivy Tech Community College

50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
(317) 921-4800
http://www.ivytech.edu/dental-assisting/

The Certificate program at Ivy Tech Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Indianapolis. Most of the school’s 100,272 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,605 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $7,632.

Kaplan College-Indianapolis

7302 Woodland Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278-1736
(317) 299-6001
https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/dental-assistant-diploma/

The Certificate program at Kaplan College is taught at their Indianapolis campus. The program is accredited by the ADA. The college has approximately 322 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The Dental Assisting program, with a duration of 56 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. Fees at this college are approximately $15,460 per year. The fees for students from outside Indiana are $15,460.

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

Ross Medical Education Center-Granger

445 E University Dr, Granger, Indiana 46530
(574) 273-4479
http://rosseducation.edu/programs-offered/dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Ross Medical Education Center is offered at their campus in the city of Granger. The majority of the school’s 137 students are on < 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $15,680. On average the program takes 9 months to complete.

Dental Hygiene

Fort Wayne, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne

2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805-1499
(260) 481-6100
http://bulletin.ipfw.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=31&poid=5379&returnto=798

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Fort Wayne campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year private college with 13,771 students, of which 95% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $7,013 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Indiana are $16,845.

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5143
(317) 274-5555
http://www.iupui.edu/degrees/degree_info.php?id=53

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Indianapolis campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Of the 30,451 students, about 27% are postgraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $8,756 per year. The fees for students from outside Indiana are $29,571.

Ivy Tech Community College

50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
(317) 921-4800
http://www.ivytech.edu/dental-hygiene/

The Associate’s program at Ivy Tech Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Indianapolis. This private, not-for-profit college has about 100,272 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $3,605 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $7,632.

Evansville, IN-KY

University of Southern Indiana

8600 University Blvd, Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 464-8600
https://www.usi.edu/health/dental-hygiene/

The University of Southern Indiana at Evansville offers a Bachelor program in Dental Hygiene. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year private college with 10,467 students, of which 91% are undergraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $6,698 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $15,553.

see our preferred schools