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, email@example.com; 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
- Complete an Iowa Western application for admission: The application is online at www.iwcc.edu and there is no application fee. When completing the application for admissions, applicants should select which location (Council Bluffs) and which start term (Fall) they wish to begin the program.
- Request Transcripts: You need to have a final, official high school transcript or HiSET/GED transcript sent to Iowa Western. If you have completed college course work, you will need to have an official college transcript sent to Iowa Western from the institution where the credit was earned. If you have completed more than 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, the high school transcript requirement may be waived.
- Test scores are not required for admission to the College. However, students who have taken a standardized college aptitude test, like the ACT, need to have their most recent scores sent to the Office of Admissions. Test scores, in addition to previous coursework and non-cognitive assessment results, are utilized by advisors to help determine placement into appropriate math and English courses.
Section 2: Dental Assistant Program Eligibility Requirements
- Complete 8 hours of observation with a Dental Assistant or Dentist and submit the completed Dental Assistant Observation Form to the Office of Admissions.
- Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher:
- HSC 128 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
- ENG 105 Composition I or ENG 110 Writing for the Workplace
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.
Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________