Dental Assisting FAQs

Do you have a question about this Indian Hills Program? Browse through the Program's Frequently Asked Questions and you might just find the answer you're looking for!

Question:

What do I need to do to get accepted to the program?

Answer:

Fill out an application either online or on paper and submit your high school transcripts, plus any college transcripts you may have. You also need to have a score of at least 16 on the ACT and hold a 2.5 GPA. You must also test with the following scores from Accuplacer: Sentence skills: 64; Reading: 80; Arithmetic: 60, total score of 780.

 

Question:

Are there any courses I can take now to prepare?

Answer:

Yes, you can take Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy with lecture and lab. You could also take Interpersonal Communication and CSC105 Computer Essentials. These courses are built into the curriculum but can be taken outside of your acceptance to the Dental Assisting program.

 

Question:

What’s the clinical portion of the program like?

Answer:

You will be placed in a private dental practice somewhere within a 50-75 mile radius of the Ottumwa campus, sometimes farther away. This is part of the third and fourth terms. Clinical is two days a week and the other two days you will be back on the Ottumwa campus for classes. You must have reliable transportation for your clinical rotation.

 

Question:

After graduation, can I start working right away?

Answer:

Yes, as long as you have passed your State Registration examination and paid the fee to the Iowa Board of Dentistry. It is illegal to work as a dental assistant without State Registration.

 

Question:

How much can I expect to be paid as a dental assistant? 

Answer:

Our graduates report an average of $15/hr. at entry level.

 

Couldn't find the answer you were looking for? No worries! Just ask

Carol Sexton-White, CDA, BFA, RDH, Program Director, Dental Assisting
(641)683-5298 or (800)726-2585 x5298
Carol.Sexton-White@indianhills.edu