Dental Assistant Diploma

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Are you the type of person that likes fast-paced, hands-on experience with the opportunity to help the public?  The Dental Assisting Program at Iowa Western is just what you’re looking for!  Your hands-on experience begins as soon as the first week of class when you’ll be working with other students in the dental clinic at Iowa Western.  This program combines the dental field with direct patient care and a little bit of arts and crafts.

Iowa Western’s faculty has 26 years of combined experience in the dental field, including positions as a chairside Dental Assistant, Dental Laboratory Technician, and Dental Office Manager.  The small class size combined with a tight-knit dental community allows for one-on-one interaction with the faculty as the students work their way through the program.  Before the student graduates, they will gain hands-on experience as a chairside assistant in area dental schools and private dental offices.  Graduates have the opportunity to work in private dental practices, specialty dental practices, dental colleges, dental product sales, insurance claims departments, and public health institutions and clinics, and dental laboratories.

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. This accreditation ensures that the Dental Assisting program is up to date on the latest curriculum and techniques in the dental industry. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60611, or visit the website at www.ada.org/coda.

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Job Outlook

1,122 Jobs (2020)

+8.6% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Dental Assistant program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the ten-month diploma. Dental Assistants aid dentists by performing support duties for the treatment of patients during dental procedures. Duties range from assisting the dentist with procedures to educating patients to preparing and sterilizing dental instruments and performing administrative work. Most dental assistants work in private dental offices, although job opportunities for dental assistants also exist in dental schools, private and government hospitals, state and local public health departments, and corporate clinics. The employment opportunities for dental assistants are ever increasing with the need for dental care.

Wages

  • Entry: $15.81
  • Average: $18.60
  • Experienced: $26.47

Career Examples

  • Dentists, General
  • Dentists, All Other Specialists
  • Orthodontists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Prosthodontists

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First Semester

DEA 312 - Dental Radiography I

DEA 403 - Dental Materials

DEA 502 - Dental Assisting Principles

DEA 253 - Dental Science I

Second Semester

DEA 321 - Dental Radiography II

DEA 602 - Dental Specialties

DEA 706 - Procedures for the Dental Office

DEA 263 - Dental Science II

DEA 582 - Dental Assisting Experience I

Summer

DEA 585 - Dental Assisting Experience II

DEA 933 - Internship Seminar

Total Semester Hours Required: 36.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform select office and dental procedures.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately capture diagnostic radiographic images.
  • Demonstrate communication of dental based principles to patients for practical use.

Program Disclaimers

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