Dental Assisting Courses

Award: Diploma
Required number of 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.

2019–2020 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program in the academic year listed.

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

Courses are subject to change.

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

Semester 1
BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology -OR- Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4 Gen Ed
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I -AND- Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4
DEA-103 Orientation to Dental Assisting 2
DEA-258 Dental Anatomy 4
DEA-302 Dental Radiography 3
DEA-412 Dental Materials I 3
DEA-513 Chairside Assisting I 4
Total Credits 20

Semester 2
DEA-262 Dental Sciences 1
DEA-417 Dental Materials II 2
DEA-514 Chairside Assisting II 2
DEA-556 Assisting Clinic I 4
DEA-603 Dental Specialties 2
DEA-701 Dental Office Procedures 1
ENG-105 Composition I Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
Total Credits 18

Semester 3 – Summer
DEA-578 Dental Assisting Clinic II (10-Week Course) 5
DEA-591 Dental Assisting Seminar 1
PSY-102 Human and Work Relations -OR- 3
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology -OR- Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3
Total Credits 9

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
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Pre-Health Program Advisor

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 245
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Program Advisors

Judy Poland
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1352
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Danielle Luhring​
Grundy Hall 182
319-296-2329 ext.1748
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Student Success Specialist

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 245
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Administrative Assistant

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP
Grundy Hall 135
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