College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Education

Welcome to the Department of Dental Education website. The department includes three dental programs: dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology. Although the three programs are careers within the dental profession, each of the three dental education programs are very different. We encourage you to review each website and then make an appointment with a program advisor. We look forward to seeing you soon. 


Applicants to the Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Laboratory Programs - if you are accepted to one of the three professional dental education programs that starts Fall 2014, you MUST attend the College of Health and Human Services and dental program orientation. This will be on Friday, July 11 2014. This is an all day event. Orientation details will be sent to the students accepted to the dental programs. Good luck to all applicants!

Expanded Functions (Restorative) Course for Allied Dental Professionals (PDF)

The Restorative course will run from May 28 to July 23, 2014. The course will be all day Wednesdays from 8 am to 4 pm. Registration is now open. There are only 18 positions available. You must be a graduate of an American Dental Association accredited program. View the flyer through the link above for all the details of the 2014 program.

ONGOING - Coronal Polishing and Fluoride Application Course Information for Dental Assistants (PDF)

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry approved additional functions for Indiana dental assistants in 2011. IPFW is offering coronal polishing and fluoride application certification courses on May 31 2014 and November 8 2014. Registration is $495 for each course or $850 for both courses. Registration must be completed at least one week before the course occurs. There are online curriculum course requirements.

IPFW will sponsor the didactic instruction (to be completed online) and the laboratory requirements on peers. The clinical requirements will be completed in the dental practice. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each course to be publicly displayed in the dental office.
Registration is being handled through IPFW Continuing Studies Office at 260-481-6619 or at IPFW Coronal Polishing and Fluoride Application Course Schedule

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

A Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree has now been approved for IPFW effective Spring 2014. Students will be eligible for the BSDH degree, even if they have completed degrees in other disciplines. We can grant the new degree as long as the graduate meets residency and other requirements. We expect to continue to offer both degrees for the near future. Here is the BSDH curriculum bingo sheet.

Thinking about a career in Dental Assisting? Check out a free eight-minute video, which outlines the challenges and rewards of dental assisting, in a contemporary, colorful presentation that will help you take a closer look at the field of dental assisting Your Future in Dental Assisting Video


Clinical Requirements


A student who has not met clinical requirements by the first day of classes (August 25, 2014 fall semester) or January 12, 2015 (spring semester) will be dropped from clinical course(s) and any co-requisite course(s). Being removed from the course(s) may result in forfeit of financial aid. Neither class or clinical space will be held for any student dropped by the deadline, therefore, if the class is full you will not be able to register. 


Clinical requirements must be turned in to the College of Health and Human Services Student Success Center (SSC) in NF 120 by the policy deadlines.

Dental Education Student Complaint Policy

HIPAA Training (For Faculty Only)
The HIPAA training presentation (pdf) is available to familiarize yourself with the basic HIPAA concepts and regulations governing confidentiality of personally identifiable health information.
HIPAA Compliance at Purdue (PDF)

Confidentiality Agreement for Faculty (PDF)

Resources and Links


Check your clinical records online
Health forms
Physical Examination form
Hepatitis B form
Tuberculosis form
Medical Emergencies form

CPR Training Providers

Student Background Check-Student Instructions


Purdue Confidentiality Form for Students

HIPAA Training - Purdue