Program Admissions

Applying to the dental assisting program

To be eligible to apply to the dental assisting (CDA) program, you must be admitted to IU Fort Wayne as a degree-seeking student and complete the following prerequisites:

  • At a minimum, student must have completed the following courses by June 20 with a grade of "C" or better:
    • BIOL 12600 Human Biology
    • COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech Communications
    • ENGL 13100 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
    • SOC 16101 Principles of Sociology
    • PSY 1200 Elementary Psychology
  • Maintain a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0
  • Make an appointment with a dental assisting advisor
  • Observe in two general dental offices and submit observation form (exemption for prior dental experience—see advisor for details)

Application deadline

Admission is competitive, with approximately 20 students accepted each year. Applications are due March 1 for the following fall semester.

Your acceptance into the program is based on timely completion of all requirements, prerequisite and preferred admission course grades, and courses taken at IU or Purdue campuses.

The dental assisting application and two observation forms must be completed and received by March 1 prior to the fall term in which you wish to enter. The number of eligible applicants each year greatly exceeds the number of spaces available. Students tend to apply one year in advance for the dental assisting program.

All applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered on a space available basis only.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1 with a grade of "C" or better.

Download the application

Download the clinical obervation form

More information

Once you've been accepted

Once you have been admitted to the dental assisting program, but before you can start classes, you must complete the following:

  • Provide proof of immunizations
  • Provide proof of a physical exam (this may be done at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  • Continue to receive the Hepatitis B immunization series until completed (offered at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  •  Complete TB (two step) testing. Results must include dates and times administered and professional reading (this may be done at the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic)
  •  Complete CPR certification for AHA healthcare provider of ARC professional level
  • Attend mandatory orientation in July—date and time will be included in admission packet
  • Complete a criminal background check online. Cost $55. You will be given instructions at orientation. This must be completed before the fall semester starts. Verification by our dental education office will occur before the semester starts.