Subject Area: Health Sciences
Minimum Credits: 45.25
The Dental Assisting curriculum is career-oriented. It prepares the student, as a member of the dental health team, to assist the dentist in all phases of dentistry. The program includes chairside procedures associated with general and specialty dentistry, radiology, laboratory and business office assistance. Clinical experience is an integral part of the educational program with rotations through various dental facilities.
The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." 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/100.aspx
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Iowa Dental Board state registration exams to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Graduates are also eligible to take examinations prepared by the Dental Assisting National Board to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Graduates have the flexibility of being employable nationwide. Dental assisting offers some of the most ideal working conditions and attractive hours of any of the health professions, while demanding a high degree of interaction between staff and patient.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years.
In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER® reading score of 70. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable.
The health sciences programs require additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.
Fall Course Title Credits DEA:203 Applied Anatomy and Physiology OR 1.5 * Science Elective 1.5 DEA:250 Dental Science 4.5 DEA:310 Dental Radiography I 2.25 DEA:410 Dental Materials I 1.5 DEA:511 Principles of Dental Assisting 5.25 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Spring Course Title Credits DEA:261 Dental Science II 2.25 DEA:321 Dental Radiography II 2.0 DEA:418 Dental Materials II 3.0 DEA:570 Dental Clinic Internship 1.5 DEA:571 Dental Externship I 1.75 DEA:601 Dental Specialties 4.75 * Communication Elective 3.0 Summer Course Title Credits DEA:563 Dental Externship II 4.0 DEA:704 Dental Office Procedures 2.0 PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112
Science Electives: BIO:157; or BIO:158; or BIO:168 and BIO:173
Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students may be required to take some courses on an online or hybrid format.
With an annual income range of $28,028 - $37,712 and a projected growth of 5.0%, the career outlook for Dental Assisting graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two- or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
Employers of NICC Alumni
Abbadent Family Dental Center, Dubuque, IA
Aspen Dental, Dubuque, IA
Bierie Dental, Dubuque, IA
Cascade Dental Center, Cascade, IA
Center Point Family Dentistry, Center Point, IA
Cheung Pediatric Dentistry
Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque, IA
D'Agostino Family Dentistry, Maquoketa, IA
Dr. Iglehard, Davenport, IA
Dr. Jean Treder, Coralville, IA
Dr. Kim Kissell, Epworth, IA
Dr. Michael Warner, Anamosa, IA
Dr. Robin Briggs, Dubuque, IA
Dr. Valerie Peckosh, Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Endodontic Practice, Dubuque, IA
Duehr and Hoelscher, Dubuque, IA
Elite Dental, Dyersville, IA
Exceptional Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dubuque, IA
Farley Dental Center, Farley, IA
Kane Family Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Kramer Family Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Kuttler Dental Team, Dubuque, IA
Lattner Prostodontics & Family Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Longworthy Dental Group, Dubuque, IA
Lundell and Hoy Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Manchester Dental, Manchester, IA
Midwest Dental, Dubuque, IA
Peosta Dental, Peosta, IA
Rockdale Dental Center, Dubuque, IA
Schultz Family Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Smiles on Main, Maquoketa, IA
Windsor Hills Family Dentistry, Dubuque, IA
Wertz and Wertz Dental, Dubuque, IA
For additional job titles, visit O-Net.
Students will have the opportunity to become student members of the American Dental Assistants Association, which also provides membership in the Iowa Dental Assistants Association and the Dubuque District Dental Assistants Society.
Northeast Iowa Community College is committed to protecting the health of students, staff, visitors and patients. Any person enrolled in a healthcare program with a clinical component may be exposed to environmental hazards and blood and body fluids. NICC complies with all OSHA standards and follows CDC Guidelines for Standard Precautions during all patient contact.
Dental Assisting students have the opportunity to put learned skills into practice under the direction of volunteer dentists and NICC faculty in the dental assisting clinic, which provides services to referred patients.
Dean of Allied Health
563.556.5110, ext. 498