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2021-2022 General Catalog 
2021-2022 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assistant Diploma

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Campus Offered: Council Bluffs

The Dental Assistant program of study prepares students to assist dentists in four-handed dentistry and to perform chairside related procedures. This program includes clinical experience at a dental school and in area dental offices. We adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines. A copy of our infection control policy is located in the office of the Health Division. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Dental Assistant National Board and become a Certified Dental Assistant. Graduates are also eligible to take the Iowa Dental Assistants Registration Exam and become an Iowa Registered Dental Assistant. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma. The program in dental assisting 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. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Students must complete the curriculum described below:

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Prerequisites

General Education Courses that must be completed prior to first semester of Dental Assistant Diploma: 

Semester Total: 6.0 Credits

Semester Total: 14.0 Credits

Second Semester

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Semester Total: 6.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 42.0


Courses with DEA prefix must be taken in the sequence listed above.

Students must earn a “C” or higher in all Dental Assisting courses in order to graduate.

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