Offered at Main Campus
The Dental Assisting program is a 12-month (four-term) program designed to prepare individuals to assist the dentist with patient care, expose take and process dental radiographs, prepare procedural setups for dental treatment, maintain infection control and hazardous waste protocols and perform office administrative functions. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements will earn an IHCC diploma.
The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Graduates of the IHCC Dental Assisting program will be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). For dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, national DANB certification may be earned as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). State examination and registration with the Iowa Dental Board are required to practice within the state of Iowa and are structured within the program.
To apply, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. This program will begin in the Fall term of each year.
Criminal background, drug screening, and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to beginning the program.