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Dental Assisting

Courses

Core Courses

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

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 ()
Required number of credits: 46
Program Start: Fall only

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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

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Dental Assistants $28,800 $37,800 $42,300

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment

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 complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the diploma.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score of the ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS assessment or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ASSET Success Course
Math ← Basic Skills Competency in Math →
English 16 64 Sentence Skills 41 35 ENG-060 College Preparatory Writing I
Reading 19 76 82 38 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

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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Contact Us

Dental Administrative Chair Emily Boge Email me 319-296-4302 Grundy Hall 138
Pre-Health Advisor Heidi Hudson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1079 Hawkeye Center 208
Pre-Health Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 285
Student Success Specialist Vic Palmer Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1481 Grundy Hall 140
Program Advisor Judy Poland Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1352 Grundy Hall 158
Program Advisor Rebecca Carrier Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1360 Grundy Hall 156
Administrative Assistant Linda Butler Email me 319-296-4013 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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