Dental Assisting Admission Process

Admission Requirements

High School Completion

Certify you are a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma.  All documents must be submitted to the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Admission office.

Placement Assessment.

All students must complete a reading placement assessment prior to being accepted.  Requirements may be satisfied be college or high school coursework, or completing one of the following placement test: ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, HiSET. Students should submit their high school or official college transcript as assessment results to the Admissions Office for consideration of an assessment waiver. The placement assessments must have occurred within three years of your application date.  Dental Assisting applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements for reading placement:

High School Transcripts 

    • High School Cumulative GPA 2.75
    • or Higher and Completion of Junior Level English 


    • Writing Score:  6+
    • OR Reading Score:  70+   

SAT Scores 

    • Writing Score:  480 +  
    • Or Reading Score:  520 +  
    • Or Essay Score:  15 +

ACT Scores

    • English Score:  18+
    • Or Reading Score:  21


    • Writing Score:  15 +
    • Or Writing and Reading Score:  30 +
    • Or Writing, Reading, Social Studies and Science Score:  60 +  
    • Or Overall Score:  75+  
    • Or Essay Score:  4+


Admission Application for Dental Assisting

All student must complete an application specific to the Dental Assisting Program provided in the admission packet and submit it to the Dental Assisting Program Director.

Barb Nichol, Director
Dental Assisting Program 

Pre-Admission Session

All students must attend a pre-admission session in which an overview of the program requirements, course sequence, application for licensure/registration, the Iowa Dental Board criminal history policy, and overview of the Iowa Core Performance Standards.

Admission Status

Students will be admitted to the Dental Assisting program in the order in which all admission criteria are completed. The following statuses will assigned:


Regret students have submitted an application to the Dental Assisting program but have not completed one or more of the admission requirements outlined above.  Students with a regret status are not ranked on the waitlist and will need to re-submit and a Dental Assisting application once admission requirements have been completed. 


Waitlist students have all the admission requirements completed and are waiting for acceptance into the Dental Assisting program.  A waiting list is necessary due to limited capacity for program enrollment. Students are ranked on the waiting list based on the date they complete all admission requirements.


The Dental Assisting program begins in the fall and spring semesters.  Students at the top of the waiting list are offered acceptance into the program and are required to respond by the stated deadline to avoid cancellation of their application.  Students who refuse an acceptance offer will be asked to reapply.

Program Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied prior to the second week of the first semester of the Dental Assisting program.  A student who does not satisfy the program requirements will not be allowed to complete laboratory and clinical components and may be required to withdrawal from the program. 


  • Complete the American Heart Association Health Care Provider (BLS) CPR or American Red Cross CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification.

Student Health and Background Screening

  • Health Physical and Immunization
    • Hepatitis B or declination
    • QuantiFERON gold testing annually for TB
    • TDPA/MMR
    • Varicella
    • Seasonal Influenza annually
  • Certified Criminal, dependent adult and child abuse background screening
  • Annual proof of health insurance coverage