Program Entry: Fall
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.
In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirement on a basic skills assessment for placement in reading.
The College has contracted the services of Certified Background to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:
In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.
|DEA:203||Applied Anatomy and Physiology OR||1.5|
|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|
|DEA:261||Dental Science II||2.25|
|DEA:321||Dental Radiography II||2.0|
|DEA:418||Dental Materials II||3.0|
|DEA:562||Dental Clinic I||3.25|
|PSY:111||Intro to Psychology OR||3.0|
|PSY:112||Psychology of Human Relations||3.0|
|DEA:563||Dental Clinic II||4.0|
|DEA:704||Dental Office Procedures||2.0|
Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112
Science Electives: BIO:157; or BIO:158; or BIO:165 and BIO:170
Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College. Students may be required to take some courses on an online or hybrid format.
$25,580 - $42,780
Salary and opening information provided by NICC Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
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Cascade Dental Center, Cascade, IA
Center Point Family Dentistry, Center Point, IA
Cheung Pediatric Dentistry
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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
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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
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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.
Dental Assisting Program Director
800.728.7367, ext. 227