Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Courses

Award: Diploma
Program Start: Fall only
Enrollment Status: Full-time only

The Dental Assisting program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Course Note

You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

Semester 1
BIO163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
DEA103 Orientation to Dental Assisting 2
DEA258 Dental Anatomy 4
DEA302 Dental Radiography 3
DEA412 Dental Materials I 3
DEA513 Chairside Assisting I 4

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Total Credits 20
Semester 2
COM730 Communications -OR- 3
ENG105 Composition I -AND- 3
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
DEA263 Dental Science II 2
DEA417 Dental Materials II 2
DEA514 Chairside Assisting II 2
DEA556 Assisting Clinic I 4
DEA603 Dental Specialties 2
DEA702 Dental Office Procedures 2

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Total Credits 17
Semester 3
DEA577 Dental Assisting Clinic II 4
DEA591 Dental Assisting Seminar 1
PSY102 Human and Work Relations -OR- 3
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology -OR- 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3

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Total Credits 8

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

David Reff
Grundy Hall 156
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Dean

Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
319-296-4432
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