Dental Assisting

Careers

Positions

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
Average

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Dental Assistants $32,400 $39,900 $43,600

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Employers

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

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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
ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER Next Generation
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.

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