• Course Delivery
    80% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Dental Assisting

Undergraduate Certificate

Dentistry is the treatment of diseases and other conditions that affect oral health. Dental assistants are valuable members of a dental care team, providing support for the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Dental Assisting prepares you to enter the dental profession with the qualifications to become a certified dental assistant. Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a certified dental assistant.

As a student in the nine-month program, you complete coursework encompassing approximately 1,000 hours of lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction. You take courses in oral pathology, physiology, and anatomy; dental therapeutics and medical emergencies; microbiology and asepsis techniques; dental materials; preventive dentistry and nutrition; practice management; restorative dentistry; and more. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Dental Assisting prepares you for such careers as:

  • Certified dental assistant 
  • Dental office administrator 
  • Dental sales representative 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Dental Assisting, you must complete 31 credit hours, including one or two Saturdays a month for pre-clinics, labs, and exams at the School of Dentistry on the IUPUI campus. Clinical experiences take place in dental offices in your hometown.

NOTE: If you choose to continue your education, four undergraduate degrees at IUPUI currently accept credits from our courses, including: Organization Leadership and Supervision, Public Health, Individualized Major Program, and General Studies.

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:    

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you  
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU 
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management 
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals 
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants 
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career 
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians 
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training 
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.
  • Complete IU School of Dentistry Dental Assisting Program Application.
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or: 

        IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
        Cavanaugh Hall 147 
        425 University Boulevard 
        Indianapolis, IN 46202 


  • DAST-A 110Oral Histology and Embryology1 Credits
  • DAST-A 162Written and Oral Communication2 Credits
  • DAST-A 211Oral Pathology, Physiology, Anatomy I2 Credits
  • DAST-A 212Dental Therapeutics and Medical Emergencies2 Credits
  • DAST-A 213Oral Pathology, Physiology, Anatomy II1 Credits
  • DAST-A 214Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embryology3 Credits
  • DAST-A 221Microbiology and Asepsis Technique1 Credits
  • DAST-A 231Dental Materials I2 Credits
  • DAST-A 232Dental Materials II2 Credits
  • DAST-A 241Preventative Dentistry and Nutrition2 Credits
  • DAST-A 252Radiology Clinic II1 Credits
  • DAST-A 271Clinical Science I4 Credits
  • DAST-A 272Clinical Science II4 Credits
  • DAST-A 282Practice Management, Ethics, and Jurisprudence2 Credits
  • DAST-A 303Radiology Clinic I2 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $286.01
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $858.03
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $986.31
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2958.93

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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