Dental Assisting | Dipl - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Dental Assisting | Dipl

Dental Assisting | Dipl

Degree
Diploma
Credits
35
Location
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Licensure Information Dental Assisting Handbook

Best Accredited Colleges - Best College 2022

This program is eligible for free tuition

This program is designed to prepare you to assume an active role in providing quality dental services under the direction of a licensed dentist. Preparation includes infection control management, chairside assisting procedures in general and specialty dentistry; management of medical and dental emergencies; intra- and extra-oral radiographic procedures; patient education; fabrication of oral appliances; and basic business office procedures.

You'll learn all the skills necessary to practice dental assisting in this two-semester program.

  • Learn theory in the classroom or online.
  • Practice skills hands-on in our state-of-the-art lab at the Sioux City campus.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in multiple clinic settings.

This program has additional entrance requirements. You must complete all requirements for program admission.

Meet Your Advisor

Pamela Ives
Pamela Ives
Admissions Representative
pamela.ives@witcc.edu
712.317.3402
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment https://www2.witcc.edu/admissions/pamela

Career Options

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Required Classes for Dental Assisting | Dipl

FULL TIME STUDIES
SDV 108 The College Experience 1
DEA 101 Professional Orientation 1
DEA 256 Dental Anatomy 2
DEA 270 Dental Therapeutics 3
DEA 405 Dental Materials 4
DEA 508 Fundamentals of Dental Assisting 7
     
DEA 303 Dental Radiography 4
DEA 613 Dental Assisting Specialties 6
DEA 701 Dental Office Procedures 1
ENG 105 Composition I 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
     
PART-TIME STUDIES
SDV 108 The College Experience 1
DEA 101 Professional Orientation 1
DEA 256 Dental Anatomy 2
DEA 270 Dental Therapeutics 3
     
DEA 701 Dental Office Procedures 1
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 105 Composition I 3
     
DEA 406 Dental Materials 5
DEA 508 Fundamentals of Dental Assisting 7
     
DEA 303 Dental Radiography 4
DEA 613 Dental Assisting Specialties 6

Entrance Requirements

All students must submit a copy of the following items for application to the dental assisting program:

  • Official High School, GED, or HSED transcript with date of graduation. For applicants currently in high school, please present a current high school transcript and then later submit the final official high school transcript with the date of graduation.
  • Official college transcripts of previously attended institutions
  • ACT Scores (if completed) listed on high school transcript or other official documentation.

All students must meet the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the dental assisting program.

  • Verification of High School, GED or HSED Graduation.

All students must meet one of the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the dental assisting program:

  • ACT composite score of at least 19
  • Completed an associates degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • High School GPA of 2.7 or higher or HSED score of 55 or higher
  • Satisfactory completion of ENG 105 and PSY 111 with no grade lower than a C

*Required for A.S. Pre-Dentistry or Dental Hygiene. The college has pre-admissions requirements for BIO 151: Nutrition, BIO 169: Anatomy and Physiology, and CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry. Please contact Student Services for more information.

 

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Joni Miller CDA, RDA, EFDA, BS
Joni Miller CDA, RDA, EFDA, BS
Dental Assisting Instructor
joni.miller@witcc.edu
712.317.3171
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Kathy Pierce CDA, RDA, EFDA, BS
Kathy Pierce CDA, RDA, EFDA, BS
Dental Assisting Instructor
kathy.pierce@witcc.edu
712.317.3247
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Kim Murphy CDA, RDA, BSDH
Kim Murphy CDA, RDA, BSDH
Dental Assisting Instructor
kimberly.murphy@witcc.edu
712.317.3275
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
teri.peterson@witcc.edu
712.317.3357
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
 

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $6,895.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,930.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Accreditation Information

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements".

The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at:
313.440.4653
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
The Commissions web address is: www.ada.org/en

Licensure Information

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
To view educational requirements for the state you wish to work, visit https://www.danb.org/state-requirements

Iowa Dental Board
400 SW Eighth Street, Suite D
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4687
Phone 515-281-5157
https://dentalboard.iowa.gov/

Advisory Board

Abby Otto, D.D.S.
Jennifer Hadley-Kupfer, R.D.A.
Richard Hettinger, D.D.S.
Daisy Joaquin-Caro, C.D.A., R.D.A.
Shayna Sistrunk
Karl Koelling, D.D.S.
Falon Cavillo Anderson
Dr. Ryan Canada
Cristian Ruiz
Kim Cochran
Alisha Greenfield