Feb 21, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog

Dental Assisting, Diploma

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs A-Z

Campus: Scott Community College

A Dental Assistant performs a wide range of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.  These individuals help the dentist at chairside and also perform functions such as polishing teeth, taking and developing dental radiographs, mixing materials, and sterilizing instruments.  Some assistants also manage the office and patient accounts, schedule appointments, and purchase supplies.  The dental assistant may seek career opportunities in private dental offices, research, teaching, clinics, hospitals, sales and insurance claims, and specialty practices such as orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery. The program provides a practicum in both general and specialty dental offices during the second and third semesters.

Students may also begin this program in the spring term with slight modifications to the course sequence.

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination and the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners Radiography, Infection Control, and Jurisprudence State Board examinations. See Professional Licensure for more information.

The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) [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 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the college, applicants to this program must meet specific program admission criteria. The application process and admission requirements for the Dental Assisting program can be found at www.eicc.edu/dental.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Dental Assisting program, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate efficient operation of the dental office through utilization and application of office management skills.  
  2. Perform required laboratory skills associated with various dental procedures. 
  3. Apply principles of radiation hygiene, ensuring patient and operator protection, while using current techniques to obtain quality diagnostic radiographs.
  4. Perform duties relating to infection control as mandated by OSHA before, during and after dental procedures.  
  5. Prepare the operatory and assist at chairside with preventive, diagnostic, operative and specialty procedures.  
  6. Provide oral health instruction to dental patients. 
  7. Assist in the management of medical and dental emergencies.  
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the human body with emphasis on the head and neck region including structure, function, and basic pathologies. 

Plan of Study

Term Total: 18.00 Credits

Term Total: 19.00 Credits

Term Total: 9.00 Credits

Dental Assisting, Diploma Total: 46.00 Credits

Non-discrimination Statement / Equal Educational Opportunities

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).


If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact EICC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-5222, equity@eicc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730- 1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs A-Z