Dental Assisting


Core Courses

  • Orientation to Dental Assisting
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Materials I and II
  • Chairside Assisting I and II
  • Dental Sciences
  • Assisting Clinic I and II
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • Dental Assisting Seminar

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

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

Program Details

Award: Diploma (Diploma)
Required number of credits: 47
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates can be employed in many dental career areas, including:

  • Private or group practice
  • General dentistry or specialty practices
  • Dental schools
  • Federal government dental facilities

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Dental Assistants $34,600 $42,200 $46,000

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Delta Dental of Iowa Johnston, IA
Dental Associates of Manchester Manchester, IA
Henry Schein Dental Melville, NY
Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines, IA
Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry Waterloo, IA
Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. Des Moines, IA
Peoples Community Health Clinic, Inc. Waterloo, IA

Admissions Requirements

STEP #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Dental Assisting program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

STEP #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the Dental Assisting program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
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STEP #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Dental Administrative Chair Emily Boge Email Emily Boge 319-296-4302 Grundy Hall 138
Academic/College Success Advisor Lisa Wright Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright
319-296-4014 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Program Advisor Judy Poland Email Judy Poland 319-296-2329 ext.1352 Grundy Hall 158
Program Advisor Danielle Luhring Email Danielle Luhring 319-296-2329 ext.1748 Grundy Hall 136
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email Brenda Bartz 319-296-4010 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email Gene Leutzinger 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135

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