• Course Delivery
    76% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Dental Assisting

Undergraduate Certificate

The Dental Assisting Certificate prepares individuals to enter the dental profession with the qualifications to become certified dental assistants.

As a student in the nine-month program, you complete 31 credit hours of course work 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 technique; dental materials; preventive dentistry and nutrition; practice management; restorative dentistry; and more.

You must plan to visit the School of Dentistry on the IUPUI campus one or two Saturdays a month for pre-clinics, labs, and exams. Clinical experiences take place in dental offices in your hometown.

The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.


  • 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: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74

What's it like to take a program online?

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    With more than 115 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.