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.

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

SAVE THE DATE for MANDATORY Dental Assisting Program Orientation Tuesday, June 14th 2016 at 5:30PM


Upcoming HLT124 - Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist 

The "Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists" course is open to any licensed dental hygienist and includes 15 hours of didactic instruction and 15 hours of laboratory/clinical instruction. Participants will administer and receive injections during this course. Completion of all modalities will satisfy the educational requirements for a dental hygiene anesthesia permit. Participants are required to provide their own copy of the textbook and will be required to complete the CDCA Local Anesthesia exam prior to applying for their dental hygiene local anesthesia permit. Required Textbook: Dr. Stanley Malamed's "Handbook of Local Anesthesia" 6th Edition. (DVD is NOT required.)

Schedule: Class will meet on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. June 9, 10, 13, 14, 2016.

Times:   12:30pm - 08:00pm

Price:     $995.00

Registration is being handled through IPFW Continuing Studies Office at 260-481-6619 or at Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist.

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  Saturday, November 12, 2016. 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

Orthodontic Clinician Program

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).

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

The Restorative course usually occurs every summer. Please contact the Dental Education office for details at 260-481-6837.

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. 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.


Clinical Requirements


A student who has not met clinical requirements by the first day of classes (Dental Assisting Summer II June 27, 2016 or Dental Hygiene & Dental Laboratory Technology Fall August 22, 2016) 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

The HIPAA training presentation is available to familiarize yourself with the basic HIPAA concepts and regulations governing confidentiality of personally identifiable health information.

HIPAA and other training (For Faculty Only) Purdue Webcert
Purdue Compliance PolicyNotice of Privacy Practices for Purdue Fort Wayne Dental Hygiene Clinic HIPAA Compliance (PDF)Confidentiality Agreement for Faculty (PDF)

Resources and Links


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