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 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.
Dental Assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements can sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination and earn the credential of “Certified Dental Assistant” (CDA). State examination and registration with the Iowa Dental Board are required to practice in the State of Iowa and are separate from the DANB. The state requirements for “Registered Dental Assistant” (RDA) 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 begins 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate professionalism, scientific and clinical knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry level dental assistant.
- Students will use critical thinking/problem solving skills in the classroom and clinical settings.
- Students will communicate effectively with dentists, staff and patients in a professional manner.
- Students will participate in activities to maintain professional growth and development.
Program Total: 45.5 Credits