Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Courses

Award: Diploma
Required number of credits: 46
Program Start: Fall only

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Disease, and Ionizing Radiation

As a student of the Allied Dental Programs at Hawkeye Community College, individuals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious disease, and ionizing radiation. The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs both educate students in policies which are outlined in the school catalog, student and faculty handbooks, and program policies and procedures manuals, which are effective in ensuring a safe environment. These items are clearly stated verbally and in written form and given to students, faculty, and staff of Hawkeye Community College through set exposure control guidelines.

Safety regarding ionizing radiation is effective and remains a primary focus, including the design of the radiology facilities, the monitoring of potential radiation through the use of the quarterly TLD badge system, and the registration and monitoring of all equipment in compliance with the State of Iowa regulations for safety. The units used for patient exposure allow for the least amount of radiation exposure when used on the film speed E or the phosphor plate sensors.

The Allied Dental Programs accept responsibility for assuring compliance with federal and state regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens standards and hazardous materials/communications. The Programs recognize the potential for bloodborne infectious disease in patients presenting for care in clinic, sterilization, radiology, and in the dental laboratory. Protocols in all clinic and support areas have been established to integrate the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations.

Program Course Note

You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

The Dental Assisting program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

Semester 1
BIO163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4 $674.00
DEA103 Orientation to Dental Assisting 2 $337.00
DEA258 Dental Anatomy 4 $674.00
DEA302 Dental Radiography 3 $830.50
DEA412 Dental Materials I 3 $505.50
DEA513 Chairside Assisting I 4 $1264.00

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Total Credits 20
Semester 2
COM730 Communications -OR- 3 $505.50
ENG105 Composition I -AND- 3 $505.50
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $505.50
DEA263 Dental Science II 2 $337.00
DEA417 Dental Materials II 2 $337.00
DEA514 Chairside Assisting II 2 $337.00
DEA556 Assisting Clinic I 4 $674.00
DEA603 Dental Specialties 2 $337.00
DEA702 Dental Office Procedures 2 $337.00

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Total Credits 17
Semester 3 – Summer
DEA578 Dental Assisting Clinic II * 5 $842.50
DEA591 Dental Assisting Seminar 1 $168.50
PSY102 Human and Work Relations -OR- 3 $505.50
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology -OR- 3 $505.50
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 9
*10-Week Course

Course Cost Calculation:
2016–2017 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Program Advisors

Judy Poland
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1352
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Rebecca Carrier
Grundy Hall 156
319-296-2329 ext.1360
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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