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Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus Campus (School of Health Sciences)

The Columbus Region serves the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings and southern Johnson. Founded in 1967, today the Columbus campus enrolls more than 2,600 students.

Dental Assisting

Dental Assistant The dental assistant is an integral part of the dental health care team. Dental assistants, working under the supervision of dentists, perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties.

Dental assistants prepare patients for examinations; pass instruments; prepare dental materials; expose and develop X-rays; teach preventative dental care; sterilize instruments; and/ or perform dental receptionist duties.

The Dental Assistant Program is a one-academic year course of study leading to a technical certificate. This accredited program prepares the individual to take the national certification exam, through the Dental Assisting National Board, to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). The Dental Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


By enrolling in this program, you will be on your way to earning a technical certificate, earning credit toward a degree and gaining valuable skills and experience. Adults register through Ivy Tech State College and pay Ivy Tech's tuition fees. Financial assistance is available.

High School Students

If you are a high school junior or senior in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur or Jackson county, you are eligible to enroll in this program for free through the C4 Columbus Area Career Connection when you register for your high school classes. You can earn 33 college credits at the same time as you earn your high school credits.

After completing the Dental Assistant Program, you can go directly to work as a dental assistant, or pursue advanced training

as an expanded functions dental assistant (EFDA), and/or sit for the Dental Assistant National Board certification.

Academic Skills

To ensure student success, all degree-seeking students must participate in the ASSET/COMPASS assessment. The purposes of this assessment are to measure the student’s achievement in mathematics, reading, writing, and to assist the student in the selection of appropriate courses. If skill-building courses are indicated by assessment, students may be required to take one or more courses prior to program courses. If three or more skill-building courses are indicated, IVY 070 - College and Life Success Skills is required in addition to academic skills courses.

School name:Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus CampusSchool of Health Sciences
Address:4475 Central Avenue
Zip & city:47203-1868 Indiana
Phone:(812) 372-9925

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