Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to assist the dentist at chair side, perform receptionist and clinical functions, and carry out selected dental laboratory work. Students gain valuable experience and training needed to work as a dental assistant.

Students train in Hawkeye's state-of-the-art Dental Clinic featuring 18 patient chairs, computerized patient record software, and a complete digital x-ray system. Hawkeye's on-campus Dental Clinic is supervised by more than 16 licensed dentists. Students complete a summer clinical allowing students to train in a real-world setting. The clinic is open to the public.

Graduates are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required to take the exams and apply for licensure


The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Transfer Information

Students in the Dental Assisting program interested in continuing their education should contact a program advisor.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
319-296-2329 ext.1121
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