Dental Assisting Diploma Courses

Award: Diploma
Credits: 47
Program Start: Fall

Accepted students must attend a Mandatory Compliance Training session prior to beginning the first day of the program. Students will be notified of the Mandatory Compliance Training at their MORE orientation and registration session.

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College, and to participate in clinicals, you will be required to complete the following screenings: 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.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Disease, and Ionizing Radiation

As a student of the Allied Dental Programs at Hawkeye Community College, individuals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious disease, and ionizing radiation. The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs both educate students in policies which are outlined in the school catalog, student and faculty handbooks, and program policies and procedures manuals, which are effective in ensuring a safe environment. These items are clearly stated verbally and in written form and given to students, faculty, and staff of Hawkeye Community College through set exposure control guidelines.

Safety regarding ionizing radiation is effective and remains a primary focus, including the design of the radiology facilities, the monitoring of potential radiation through the use of the quarterly TLD badge system, and the registration and monitoring of all equipment in compliance with the State of Iowa regulations for safety. The units used for patient exposure allow for the least amount of radiation exposure when used on the film speed E or the phosphor plate sensors.

The Allied Dental Programs accept responsibility for assuring compliance with federal and state regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens standards and hazardous materials/communications. The Programs recognize the potential for bloodborne infectious disease in patients presenting for care in clinic, sterilization, radiology, and in the dental laboratory. Protocols in all clinic and support areas have been established to integrate the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations.

2022–2023 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Fall 2022. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to your Academic Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

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

Course Descriptions: Show All | Hide All

Term 1
BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology * 4 $870.00
DEA-103 Orientation to Dental Assisting 2 $420.00
DEA-258 Dental Anatomy 4 $840.00
DEA-302 Dental Radiography 3 $1150.00
DEA-412 Dental Materials I 3 $780.00
DEA-513 Chairside Assisting I 4 $1433.00
Total Credits 20

* Prior completion of both BIO-168 and BIO-173 with a minimum grade of C will be acceptable replacement for BIO-163.

Term 2
DEA-262 Dental Sciences 1 $210.00
DEA-417 Dental Materials II 2 $590.00
DEA-514 Chairside Assisting II 2 $420.00
DEA-556 Assisting Clinic I 4 $1680.00
DEA-603 Dental Specialties 2 $420.00
DEA-701 Dental Office Procedures 1 $210.00
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $630.00
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $630.00
Total Credits 18

Term 3 – Summer
DEA-578 Dental Assisting Clinic II 10WK 5 $1050.00
DEA-591 Dental Assisting Seminar 1 $210.00
PSY-102 Human and Work Relations -OR- 3 $630.00
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology -OR- 3 $630.00
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3 $630.00
Total Credits 9

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

Course calculations are based on 2022–2023 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Contact Information

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
Email Emily Boge

Academic/College Success Advisor

Meredith Brood
Tama Hall 123A
319-296-2329 ext.1048
Email Meredith Brood
Schedule an appointment with Meredith Brood

Program Advisors

Judy Poland
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1352
Email Judy Poland

Danielle Luhring​
Grundy Hall 136
319-296-2329 ext.1748
Email Danielle Luhring

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Bartz
Tama Hall 110
Email Brenda Bartz


Science and Health Sciences

Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP
Tama Hall 110B
Email Dr. Gene Leutzinger

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