University of Southern Indiana

Kimberly Parsons

Kimberly Parsons, EdD, CDA, EFDA, RDH

Chair of Dental Assisting
Dental Assisting Program

Chair of Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene Program

Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene and Assisting
Dental Assisting Program

Adjunct - Nursing and Health Professions
Dental Hygiene Program

Health Professions Center - 2055

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment


Kimberly Parsons is a doctorally prepared educator who holds licensure/certification in the fields of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting.  Dr. Parsons has clinical practice experience in both dental hygiene and dental assisting, in addition to years of experience as an educator.  She enjoys mentoring students and facilitating their growth as new professionals.  Dr. Parsons serves as the Chair of the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs in addition to her teaching responsibilities.

Education and Certifications

EdD Grand Canyon University

MEd Northern Arizona University

BSDH University of Southern Indiana

AS University of Southern Indiana


State of Indiana - Local Anesthesia Permit and Dental Hygiene License

State of Kentucky - Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Analgesia Certificate and Dental Hygiene License

State of Arizona - Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Analgesia Permit and Dental Hygiene License

State of Michigan - Dental Hygiene License

Dental Assisting National Board - Certified Dental Assistant

University of Southern Indiana - Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certificate

Western Regional Board - Local Anesthesia Certificate and Dental Hygiene Certificate

Southern Regional Board - Dental Hygiene Certificate

National Dental Hygiene Board - Dental Hygiene Certificate


DTAS 156 Human Systems I

DTAS 158 Practice Management and Ethics

DTAS 166 Human Systems II

DTAS 175 Preventive Dentistry

DTAS 291 Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

DTHY 303 Oral Radiology Laboratory

DTHY 314 Oral Anatomy

DTHY 315 Oral Embryology and Histology

DTHY 316 Preventive Oral Health I

DTHY 318 Preventive Oral Health II

DTHY 422 Clinical Applications of Periodontology

DTHY 423 Pain Management Laboratory

DTHY 342 Dental Hygiene Clinic I

DTHY 442 Dental Hygiene Clinic III

DTHY 452 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV

DTHY 457 Professional and Current Issues in Oral Health Care

HP 115 Medical Terminology

 Research (Current Projects)

  • Dental Assisting National Board scores and practice exams


Parsons, K. M. (2016). Can the dental hygiene admission interview predict success on national dental hygiene board examinations? Canyon Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 5(1). 

Parsons, K. M. & Bartek, J. K. (2016). Early caries intervention: A collaborative approach. Dental Economics, 106(7), 73-78.

Parsons, K. M. (2016). The management of oral lichen planus. Dental Economics, 106(6), 91-95.

Parsons, K. M. (2015). Dental hygiene program admission criteria: Do they result in student success after graduation? Protest Digital Dissertations. 

Parsons, K. M. & Schnieder, A. J. (2014). Clinical considerations for treating the dental patient with ALS. RDH, 34(7), 81-84.

Parsons, K. M. (2014). What are they thinking? Dental assisting students' feelings about e-books. Tech Trends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 58(2). 78-86.

Parsons, K. M. & Holt, E. R. (2012). Share your future with an e-portfolio. Access, May/June, 19-21.

Professional Organizations

American Dental Education Association

American Dental Hygienists' Association

  • Arizona Dental Hygienists' Association
  • East Valley Dental Hygienists' Association
  • Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association
  • Ohio Valley Dental Hygienists' Association

American Dental Assistants' Association

  • Indiana Dental Assistants' Association
  • Evansville Dental Assistants' Society

Text and Academic Authors Association

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society


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