Indiana Dental Assistant Requirements

Each state has different requirements for dental assistants. This page includes links to all the information you need to understand the requirements for dental assistants in this state. View the different dental assisting levels, along with the requirements for each. You can also view the allowable duties at each level.

Indiana Requirements

Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing Requirements

To qualify to polish the coronal surfaces of the teeth, a dental assistant must:

1. a. Be employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one year and complete an educational program approved by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry that includes the following instruction in coronal polishing:

i. 5 hours of didactic instruction meeting Board curriculum requirements

ii. 2 hours of laboratory work

iii. Performance of the task on five patients under the observation of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist

iv. An affidavit certifying competency signed by the supervising dentist


b. Graduate from an educational program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) that included instruction meeting the above requirements


2. Display certificate of completion of education program publicly in the dental office

A dental assistant who has completed an out-of-state dental assisting program in applying medicaments for the control and prevention of dental caries must provide a syllabus of coursework successfully completed; coursework must be equal to or greater than that required by Indiana rules, or the dental assistant must complete laboratory and clinical requirements in Indiana and obtain a certificate of completion from an Indiana CODA-accredited or Board-approved program; the dental assistant must display CODA-accredited program diploma or certificate of completion from Board-approved course publicly in the dental office.