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.
Connie Myers Kracher, PhD, MSD
Director, Dental Assisting Program
Brenda Valliere, RDH, DDS
Director, Dental Hygiene Program
Brooke Pratt, MPM, CDT, TE
Director, Dental Laboratory Technology Program
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 Saturday, November 14 2015. Registration is $495 for one course or $850 for both courses. Registration must be completed at least one week before the course occurs. There are online curriculum course requirements that must be completed before you can attend the in-person training.
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
This in-depth course includes didactic instruction on Orthodontic procedures, tooth morphology, and occlusion, as well as laboratory and clinical instruction. Starts in February 2016. Register in January 2016. Flyer with details (PDF).
The Restorative course usually occurs every summer. Please contact the Dental Education office for details at 260-481-6837. The link above contains details of the 2015 program.
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. Here is the BSDH curriculum bingo sheet. The class entering the professional program in fall 2014 was the last associate degree program. We are no longer offering the associate degree in Dental Hygiene to new students.
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A student who has not met clinical requirements by the first day of classes (Dental Assisting Summer II June 29 or Dental Hygiene & Dental Labortory Technology Fall August 24, 2015) 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.
THIS POLICY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DENTAL EDUCATION.
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.