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 Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing

Dental Assistant Qualified in Applying Medicaments for the Control or Prevention of Dental Caries

Dental Assistant Qualified in Administering Nitrous Oxide


Requirements for a dental assistant qualified in applying medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries

To qualify to apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries (i.e., apply topical fluoride), 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 prevention of dental caries:

i. 9 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