Find Dental Assistant 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. This figure is well ahead of the averages nationally for dental professions and in Indiana for all professions.
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 and information on radiology technology schools 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.
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.
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Fort Wayne, IN||500||$19.02||$39,550|
|Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN||140||$17.65||$36,720|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||1,500||$19.08||$39,690|
|Michigan City-La Porte, IN||60||$16.76||$34,870|
|South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI||290||$20.09||$41,780|
|Terre Haute, IN||90||$11.78||$24,500|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.