Find Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene Programs in Iowa

Nationwide, the demand for both dental assistants and dental hygienists is increasing at pace, and the state of Iowa is no exception. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The number of dental assistants employed in Iowa is expected to increase by 18.7% from its current level of around 2,800 by the end of 2022. During the same period the demand for dental hygienists is expected to increase even faster, with job growth predicted at around 26.6%.

Requirements

Iowa requires registration for all dental assistants. To receive a Certificate of Registration from the Iowa Dental Board you must be at least 17 years old and have graduated from high school (or equivalent).

It is the supervising dentist’s responsibility to ensure any dental assistant they supervise holds such a Certificate.

Additional to the above requirements, to qualify as a Dental Assistant Trainee you must be enrolled in a cooperative education or work study program through an Iowa high school.

To advance and qualify as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Iowa you must have six months experience in a dental office as a Dental Assistant Trainee (or demonstrate similar experience out of state) or graduate from a Board-approved and CODA-accredited dental assisting program.

You must also complete Board-approved study covering jurisprudence, hazardous materials and infection control. This study may be part of your training at an accredited dental assistant program. You will be required to pass exams in these three areas.

You must also hold current CPR certification

To qualify as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with Expanded Duties Training you must have two years of experience as an RDA or hold a current DANB certification. You must also complete Iowa Board-approved training in the specific function for which you wish to be qualified.

Full information on allowable and prohibited duties for each qualification of dental assistant can be found here.

To be eligible for licensure as a dental hygienist, you must be a graduate of an ADA-accredited dental hygiene school and have passed the clinical exam with CRDTS. There are other options for eligibility by credentials.

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Salaries in Iowa

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in Iowa, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $36,660, or $17.62 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Ames, IA120$18.20$37,870
Cedar Rapids, IA250$19.19$39,920
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL290$15.39$32,010
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA350$20.11$41,840
Dubuque, IA170$15.54$32,320
Iowa City, IA200$18.06$37,570
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD150$15.27$31,760
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA170$17.25$35,870

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

Dental Hygienists in the state of Iowa are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $66,015, which is equivalent to $31.74 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Ames, IA60$34.62$72,000
Cedar Rapids, IA230$34.21$71,150
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL230$29.02$60,370
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA440$33.17$69,000
Dubuque, IA130$31.27$65,040
Iowa City, IA100$30.60$63,640
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD110$29.23$60,800
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA120$29.27$60,870
 

Dental Assisting

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
(319) 398-5411
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?d=482

Kirkwood Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Cedar Rapids, IA. The program is ADA accredited. This public college has around 16,659 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,200 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Iowa are $5,100.

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
(319) 398-5411
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?d=482

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Cedar Rapids campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has about 16,659 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $4,200 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Iowa are $5,100.

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

Eastern Iowa Community College District

306 W River Dr, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221
(563) 336-3300
http://www.eicc.edu/future-students/our-programs/dental-assisting/

Eastern Iowa Community College District’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Davenport, IA. The majority of the school’s 8,474 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,020 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $6,030.

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Area Community College

2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241
https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/dentalassistant/Pages/welcome.aspx

Des Moines Area Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Ankeny in Polk County, IA. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 23,685 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $4,080 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Iowa are $8,160.

Vatterott College-Des Moines

7000 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321
(515) 309-9000
http://www.vatterott.edu/des_moines/aos/dental-assistant-training.asp

The Associate’s program at Vatterott College is offered at their campus in the city of Des Moines. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. The majority of the school’s 284 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are about $12,839 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $12,839.

Marshalltown, IA

Marshalltown Community College

3700 S Center St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
(641) 752-7106
http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/careers_degrees/dental%20assisting.html

Marshalltown Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Marshalltown in Marshall County, IA. The program is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 2,005 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,176 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $4,416.

Dental Hygiene

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Area Community College

2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241
https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/dentalhygiene/Pages/welcome.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Ankeny campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 23,685 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $4,080 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $8,160.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

Hawkeye Community College

1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701
(319) 296-2320
http://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/academics/programs/health/dental-hygiene/default.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Waterloo campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. The college has about 5,942 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,116 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $4,984.

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
(319) 398-5411
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?d=483

The Associate’s program at Kirkwood Community College is taught at their Cedar Rapids campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 16,659 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $4,200 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Iowa are $5,100.

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

Western Iowa Tech Community College

4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400
http://www.witcc.edu/programs/47/

The Associate’s program at Western Iowa Tech Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Sioux City. The majority of the school’s 6,425 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,528 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $3,600.

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