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Dental Hygiene FAQ's

Dental Hygiene

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 5 Semesters
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation:
Commission on Dental Accreditation

Average Class Size: 20
Program Capacity: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

Q:

Are scholarships available?
 

A:

Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.  

Q:

What makes this program unique compared to other Dental Hygiene programs?
 

A:

Our program is affiliated with the Creighton University School of Dentistry, which is where clinical requirements are met. The program is rigorous, but our students are very successful: our graduates have a 99% board pass rate on national boards, a 95% board pass rate on regional and state boards, and a 100% pass rate on the jurisprudence exam.
 

Q:

What are the admissions requirements for this program?
 

A:

All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. In addition to the college admission requirements, the Dental Hygiene program also requires students to meet some additional admissions criteria. To view or print the eligibility requirements for this program, visit our Additional Requirements page

Q:

Are credits in the Dental Hygiene program transferrable?
 

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Although this program is designed to give students the necessary education to begin working after two years, students can transfer to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. In fact, we have an agreement with Creighton University which allows students to transfer and earn a Bachelor’s degree in just one year. For more information on transfer, visit our Transfer Planning web site.

Q:

Are there additional Fees associated with this program?
 

A:

Additional fees include a one-time $2,600 fee for instruments, a $788 fee each Fall and Spring semester (total of $3,152), and an annual $300 fee for the Creighton School of Dentistry. In addition to these fees, Dental Hygiene graduates must pay fees for testing and licensure totaling approximately $2,000.