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There may not be a better time to take CODA approved dental assistant schools in Iowa than now due to the tremendous growth in the Iowa healthcare field and in dental assisting specifically. Below we will walk through the specific steps needed to become a dental assistant in Iowa at every level of the growing healthcare field.

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What is the process to become a dental assistant in Iowa?

All dental assistants and dental professionals are overseen and regulated by the Iowa Dental Board. All dental assistants in Iowa must resister with the Iowa Dental Board and to get registered with the Iowa Dental Board, candidates must be at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or a GED. There are opportunities to be a dental assistant trainee in Iowa if you are currently enrolled in a cooperative educational training or work study program at a high school in the state of Iowa. Aside for the dental assistant trainee there are two more levels to dental assisting and we walk through how to achieve those levels below.

(RDA) Registered Dental Assistant – All candidates for this position will have have completed a minimum of six months of job experience in a dental office as a Dental Assistant Trainee (or they have a show that they have had experience out of state in a similar position) or take and graduate from a Iowa Dental Board approved and also CODA approved dental assisting program. All candidates will also have to complete Iowa Dental Board approved training in jurisprudence, hazardous materials and infection control and take and pass exams in each category.

(RDA) Registered Dental Assistant with Expanded Duties – All candidates will have to achieve two years of work experience on the job as an RDA or they will have to have earned a DANB (CDA) certification. Follow that with the completion of Iowa Dental Board approved training in each of the desired functions they want to be qualified in, they will also have to have earned a current CPR certificate.

Iowa Dental Assisting Programs Approved by CODA

Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny 50021-3993

Scott Community College
500 Belmont Road Bettendorf 52722-5649

Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW-Rm 221 Linn Hall Cedar Rapids 52406

Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd – Box 4C Council Bluffs 51502-3004

Vatterott College, Des Moines Campus
7000 Fleur Drive Des Moines 50321
(515) 309-9000

Marshalltown Community College
3700 South Center Street Marshalltown 50158

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa 52501
(641) 683-5298

Northeast Iowa Community College
10250 Sundown Road Peosta 52068
563-556-5110 x:227

Western Iowa Tech Community College
P.O.Box 5199, 4647 Stone Ave Sioux City 51102
712-274-8733 x 3240

Hawkeye Community College
1501 E Orange Rd, Box 8015 Waterloo 50704

Dental Assistant Jobs and Pay Outlook for Iowa

There is huge increase in new openings for dental assisting in Iowa with the 12% growth in new jobs and you can see what they can expect to make in terms of salary below.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$12.24$17.76$25.00
Ames, IAHourly$16.90$21.65$26.44
Cedar Rapids, IAHourly$16.44$21.61$28.63
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IAHourly$16.08$21.35$27.23
Northeast IowaHourly$14.31$20.34$24.17
Iowa City, IAHourly$14.80$18.48$25.21
Northwest IowaHourly$15.60$18.47$23.21
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IAHourly$15.15$18.14$23.24
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-ILHourly$13.53$17.58$23.48
Southeast IowaHourly$13.16$17.13$23.66
Sioux City, IA-NE-SDHourly$12.95$17.11$22.48
Dubuque, IAHourly$11.95$16.88$20.23
Southwest IowaHourly$10.55$16.64$23.60
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IAHourly$12.50$16.25$20.56

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