Dental Hygiene 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:

Is there a waiting list to enter the dental hygiene program?

Answer:

No, we do not have waiting lists. Student acceptance into the program is on a first-come basis once the criteria for program entrance are met.

 

Question:

How do I start the program?

Answer:

First, apply to the dental hygiene program and send in your transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Students can also take the Accuplacer. The dental hygiene program is a ladder program from dental assisting to dental hygiene. Students must complete the dental assisting program before they can enroll in the dental hygiene program.

Several courses from dental assisting are accepted in dental hygiene. This will reduce the credit hours needed in the first year of dental hygiene.

 

 

Question:

How long is the program if I am already a dental assistant?


Answer:

The dental hygiene program will take two years to complete.  Dental Assistants must have passed the Dental Assisting National Board examination.

 

Question:

Can I enter as an on-the-job trained dental assistant?

Answer:

Yes, students that have been on-the-job trained as a dental assistant may enter once they have completed the Dental Assisting National Board.

 

Question:

Where is the dental clinic site?

Answer:

The IHCC dental clinic is located in the Rural Health Education Center at the Ottumwa Campus. All clinical labs and practicums are held on campus in the new $750,000 dental clinic facility. In the last term, the students will have enrichment experience at local community health centers, nursing homes and preschool centers.

 

Question:

Can I take the general education courses required for this program while in high school?

Answer:

Yes, several of the general education courses can be completed prior to entering the dental hygiene program.  This approach will reduce the credit hours during the first year of the dental hygiene program. Some students have used this method to be able to work as a dental assistant during the first year of dental hygiene.

 

Question:

Can I take all of the general education courses before entering in the dental hygiene program?

Answer:

Yes, students have options to work as a dental assistant and continue to complete the general education courses before applying to the program. This allows the student to work full time and attend courses part time. Program term entrance may be shorter if general education courses are completed prior to the acceptance into the dental hygiene program.

 

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

Jody Williams, RDH, BS, MA, Program Director, Dental Hygiene
(641)683-5120 or (800)726-2585 x5120
Jody.Williams@indianhills.edu