Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to assist the dentist at chair side, perform receptionist and clinical functions, and carry out selected dental laboratory work. Students gain valuable experience and training needed to work as a dental assistant.

Students train in Hawkeye's state-of-the-art Dental Clinic featuring 18 patient chairs, computerized patient record software, and a complete digital X-ray system. The on-campus Dental Clinic is supervised by licensed dentists. Students complete a summer clinical allowing them to train in a real-world setting. The clinic is open to the public.

Graduates are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required to take the exams and apply for licensure.


The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Allied Dental Professions graduates are eligible to take necessary Examinations of their choice. Successful completion of board examinations is required to receive a license to practice in the State of Iowa.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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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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