Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Indiana

State specific dental assistant training requirements for Indiana, including links to important governing body websites and course providers.  Find a dental assistant school in Indiana here.

Indiana has three types of Dental Assistants

  1. Dental Assistant
  2. Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing
  3. Dental Assistant Qualified in Applying Medicaments for the Control or Prevention of Dental Caries

Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing

Sec. 2. (a) A dental assistant who has been employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one (1) year or has graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and who has completed the requirements in subsection (b) may polish the coronal surface of teeth under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

(b) A dental assistant may not polish the coronal surface of teeth until satisfactory completion of an educational program or curriculum accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or approved by the board in the following order that includes, at a minimum:

(1) Five (5) hours of didactic instruction covering the following subject areas:

  • Ethics and jurisprudence.
  • Plaque and material alba.
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic stain.
  • Abrasive agents.
  • Use of a slow speed hand piece, prophy cup, and occlusal polishing brush.
  • Theory of selective polishing.
  • Infection control.

(2) Two hours of laboratory work, including a mannequin and two live patients, in the use of a slow speed hand piece, prophy cup, and occlusal polishing brush and hand dexterity.

(3) Clinical competency demonstrated on a minimum of five patients under the direct observation of an Indiana dentist or dental hygienist whose license is in good standing and an affidavit certifying the competency signed by the supervising dentist and a copy given to the employee.

(4) Upon receipt of the affidavit, signed by the supervising dentist, the educational program shall issue a certificate of completion to be publicly displayed in the dental office.

Before permitting a dental assistant to polish the coronal surface of teeth, the supervising dentist shall verify that the dental assistant has completed the educational requirements for coronal polishing.  Documentation that a dental assistant has completed the educational requirements to polish the coronal surface of teeth, along with the certificate of completion, shall be publicly displayed in the dental office.

Requirements for out-of-state programs

(a) A dental assistant who has completed an out-of-state dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or an out-of-state continuing education program with the equivalent hours and curriculum as stated in sections 1 and 2 of this rule, to polish the coronal surface of teeth, must provide a syllabus of course work successfully completed by the applicant.

(b) The course work must be equal to or greater than the requirements specified in sections 1 and 2 of this rule.

(c) If the out-of-state curriculum is less than the Indiana requirements to polish the coronal surface of teeth, then the dental assistant must complete the laboratory work and clinical competency portion of section 1 of this rule at a board approved course in Indiana and obtain a certificate of completion from the educational program. The dental assistant shall display the diploma from the program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or certificate of completion from the board approved course.

Dental Assistant Qualified in Applying Medicaments for Control / Prevention of Dental Caries

(a) A dental assistant who has been employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one (1) year or has graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and who has completed the requirements in subsection (b) may apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

(b) A dental assistant may not apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries until satisfactory completion of an educational program or curriculum accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or approved by the board in the following order that includes, at a minimum:

(1) Nine (9) hours of didactic instruction covering the following subject areas:

  • Ethics and jurisprudence.
  • Reasons for fluoride.
  • Systemic fluoride.
  • Topical fluoride.
  • Toxicity of fluoride.
  • Fluoride application.
  • Infection control.

(2) Two (2) hours of laboratory work, including a mannequin and two (2) live patients, in topical fluoride applications.

(3) Clinical competency demonstrated on a minimum of five (5) patients under the direct observation of an Indiana dentist or dental hygienist whose license is in good standing and an affidavit certifying the competency signed by the supervising dentist and a copy given to the employee.

(4) Upon receipt of the affidavit, signed by the supervising dentist, the education program shall issue a certificate of completion to be publicly displayed in the dental office.

Documentation that a dental assistant has completed the educational requirements to apply medicaments for the control and prevention of dental caries, along with the certificate of completion, shall be publicly displayed in the dental office.

Qualifying through an Out of State Program

(a) A dental assistant who has completed an out-of-state dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or an out-of-state continuing education program with the equivalent hours and curriculum as stated in sections 1 and 2 of this rule, to apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries, must provide a syllabus of course work successfully completed by the applicant.

(b) The course work must be equal to or greater than the requirements specified in sections 1 and 2 of this rule.

(c) If the out-of-state curriculum is less than the Indiana requirements to apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries, then the dental assistant must complete the laboratory work and clinical competency portion of section 1 of this rule at a board approved course in Indiana and obtain a certificate of completion from the educational program. The dental assistant shall display the diploma from the program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or certificate of completion from the board approved course.

Helpful Links:

You may find additional information through these links to your state’s official dental board page, or one of our sponsors.

Indiana State Board of Dentistry – http://www.in.gov/pla/dental.htm

Article 6 – Relating to Dental Assistants – http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T08280/A00060.PDF?