Program Admissions

Applying to the CDA program

To be eligible to apply you must first be fully admitted to IU Fort Wayne. Admission to the CDA program is limited to students selected by the Dental Admissions Committee.  Applications and required documentation are reviewed and class selection is determined following the priority application date each year.  The CDA program begins each August and completes the following June.

Step 1: Apply to IU Fort Wayne

Admission to IU Fort Wayne is the first step. Complete the IU Fort Wayne undergraduate application. Official transcripts from high schools and colleges attended must be provided. An IU Student Identification Number is needed to complete the application for the assisting program later. The IU Fort Wayne deadline for fall applications is August 1; yet, students are encouraged to apply no later than March 1 to be fully eligible for institutional aid. Eligibility for CDA program application selection can only occur after university acceptance.

Apply to IU Fort Wayne

The program application, dental assisting observation forms and all official transcripts must be received by the dental assisting program by the application priority date of June 15.  Applications and documents received after this date will be considered until the admission cohort is filled.

Download the application        Download the clinical observation form

Program admission criteria

The Dental Admissions Committee reviews all qualified applications and evaluates English, Science and the Cumulative GPAs. The applicant must have earned at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in each of these areas. Both high school and college GPAs are considered and evaluated equally. Applicants must have at least two courses in English and two courses in Life Sciences to be considered complete for evaluation. Applicants are ranked by GPA. The Admissions Committee members will review applicant information by the end of June.

Common courses accepted in English: English Composition, Literature, Etymology, Speech, Medical Terminology, Latin, and Journalism course work. 

Common courses accepted in the Life Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology as a Biological Science. 

Once you've been accepted

Once admitted to the dental assisting program, but before starting classes, you must complete the following:

  • Proof of immunizations or immunity - MMR, TDaP, Varicella, Influenza
  • Proof of a physical exam within 12 months of program application date (can be obtained at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  • Hepatitis B immunization - complete series (can be obtained at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  • TB (two step) testing. Results must include dates, times administered, and name of professional reading results (can be obtained at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  • DANB accepted CPR, BLS, or ACLS certification 
  • Mandatory orientation attendance in July—date and time will be included in admission packet
  • Criminal background check (completed online). Instructions to be provided at orientation. This must be completed by the applicant and verified by our Division of Allied Dental Education office before fall semester starts.

Submit your application

Please submit completed application with all required documentation to the Division of Allied Dental Education.


Attention: CDA - Application
Indiana University  School of Dentistry - Fort Wayne
Division of Allied Dental Education
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Neff 150
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Questions or need help?

Please contact the IU Fort Wayne CDA program if you have questions regarding the application process or criteria for acceptance at (260) 481-6837.