Dental Assistant Program - Application Checklist

Students interested in pursuing admission into the Dental Assistant program at Iowa Western Community college must complete all admission requirements listed below in sections 1 and 2. In order to be eligible for admission, the requirements listed below must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline. If the program does not fill on this date, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has filled.

The Dental Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. This accreditation ensures that the Dental Assisting program is up to date on the latest curriculum and techniques in the dental industry. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or

 We adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines. A copy of the Infection Control Policy is located in the Division Office.

Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-discrimination

It is the policy of Iowa Western Community College to provide equal educational opportunities and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined under applicable laws, in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices.  Inquiries and complaints regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Coordinators, phone number 712-325-3200,; or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.

Start Date Priority Deadline Program Capacity
Fall Semester (August) January 31st 24
 It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are on file with the Office of Admissions and that his or her admissions application is correct, including intended start term, start year, and location.


Section 1: College Admission Requirements

All students who complete the college admissions requirements listed in Section 1 will be accepted to Iowa Western as a Prep-Dental Assistant student and are eligible to enroll in general education courses. For more information on getting registered for general education courses, or for help with the admissions requirements, please contact us at or call 712.325.3277.


Section 2: Dental Assistant Program Eligibility Requirements 

Section 3: Acceptance process of Dental Assistant Program

Once you complete Section 1: College Admissions Requirements and Section 2: Dental Assistant Admission Requirements your application for the Dental Assistant Program is complete. Once acceptance begins, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program is full. 

Section 4: Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the Dental Assistant program have additional admissions requirements?

The Dental Assistant Program is a rigorous academic program which requires students to be academically prepared for success in the first semester.

How long does it take to get into the Dental Assistant Program?

Iowa Western does not utilize a waiting list, so the amount of time it takes to get into the program varies by student depending on how long it takes to complete the College Admissions Requirements and the Dental Assistant Program Admissions Requirements listed above. The prerequisite courses typically takes one semester to complete for students who enter the college without any college credits.

Is there a separate application process to apply for the program?

No, Iowa Western does not have a separate application process. The Office of Admissions uses what is called your "Start Term" (example: fall 2019) for acceptance in our competitive programs. It is important that the start term on file correctly reflects the semester you anticipate to start the program. Students can request to have their start term updated by submitting the Update Start Term Form

If I do not complete the requirements for the program in time to be accepted, can I reapply?

Yes. To reapply, simply update your start term - click here. You may also visit the Office of Admissions, contact us at or 712.325.3277 and request to change your start term.

How will I know if I get accepted to the Dental Assistant Program?

Approximately two weeks after acceptance begins, which is January 31, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions indicating your admissions status. If the program is not yet full at that time, we will continue accepting students who complete the requirements until the program fills.




Dental Assistant Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students

To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Dentist or Dental Hygienist.

Student name (print or type): _________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________________________

The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of procedures performed in a dental practice setting. Applicants are required to observe a minimum of 8 hours with a Dental Assistant or Dentist. After completing the observation hours this form must signed by the supervising Dental Assistant or Dentist, and the completed form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline.

Observation Log

Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.

Date Time In Time Out Hours









    Total Observation Hours  

Registered Dental Assistant or Dentist Certification

This section must be completed by the supervising Dental Assistant or Dentist

By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.

Signature(s) of Dental Assistant or Dentist: ________________________________, ____________________________

Printed Name(s) of Dental Assistant or Dentist: _____________________________, ____________________________

Name of Practice or Facility:

Address of Practice or Facility:

Phone Number of Practice or Facility:

Applicant Certification

By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.

Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________