University of Southern Indiana
Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

The dental assistant is a integral  member of the oral care health team, performing procedures at chairside, in the laboratory, and the dental business office.  A USI dental assisting graduate possesses the knowledge and understanding of the legal, ethical, and professional standards of dental assisting along with clinical skills to function in general and specialty dental practices.

Career Outlook
Dental assisting has been identified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest growing professions and is expected to grow 25% in the next 10 years.  Due to population growth and an aging population, dental assistants are need to meet the increased demand for dental care that exists in the United States.


University of Southern Indiana
Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs
And the Commission on Dental Accreditation
Seek Third-Party Comments

The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at the University of Southern Indiana are scheduled for a site visit by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, February 27-March 1, 2018. Accrediting agencies provide an opportunity for third-party comment with respect to the programs scheduled for review. All comments must pertain to accreditation standards relative to the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs and required accreditation policies.

Third-party comments relative to the University of Southern Indiana Dental Assisting and/or Dental Hygiene Programs may be submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, commission consultants, special and dental related organizations, clients and/or consumers. Comments must be received by the commission by December 27, 2017.

All comments submitted must be signed and must pertain only to the standards relative to the Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene Program policies and procedures used in the accreditation process.

For those interested in submitting comments, a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission's web address is:

Gainful employment information, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, can be found on our gainful employment website.

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