Dental Assistant Programs in Iowa

How to become a Dental Assistant in Iowa

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Iowa given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.

In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in Iowa below.


Get Started Today

Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Iowa.

Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.

Top Dental Assistant Schools in Iowa

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
IowaDes Moines Area Community CollegeAnkenyCODAhttp://www.dmacc.edu
IowaScott Community CollegeBettendorfCODAhttp://www.eicc.edu
IowaKirkwood Community CollegeCedar RapidsCODAhttp://www.kirkwood.edu/dentalhygiene
IowaIowa Western Community CollegeCouncil BluffsCODAhttp://www.iwcc.edu/Academic_Programs/program.asp?id=denthygaas
IowaVatterott CollegeDes MoinesCODA
IowaMarshalltown Community CollegeMarshalltownCODAhttps://mcc.iavalley.edu/academic/health-occupations/dental-assisting/
IowaIndian Hills Community CollegeOttumwaCODA
IowaNortheast Iowa Community CollegePeostaCODA
IowaWestern Iowa Tech Community CollegeSioux CityCODA
IowaHawkeye Community CollegeWaterlooCODAhttp://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/academics/programs/health/dental-hygiene/courses.aspx

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Iowa. For more entry level and post secondary Dental Assisting options you can also view all DANB accredited programs.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.

You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in Iowa and surrounding states on the map below.

Still haven’t found what you are looking for? You might also be interested in exploring dental hygiene programs in Iowa.

Find Scholarships & Grants >>

Iowa Dental Assistant License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Iowa law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Iowa Dental Board governs the licensing of dental assistants in Iowa. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (515) 281-5157
Website: http://www.dentalboard.iowa.gov/

Dental Assistant Salary in Iowa

StateIowa
Average Salary$39,900
Hourly Wage$19.18
Top 10% of Earners$51,510
Bottom 10% of Earners$30,150
#'s Employed2,960

The average Dental Assistant salary in Iowa is $39,900 –  6% above the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $19.18.

There are currently 2,960 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Iowa;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
INCentral Indiana nonmetropolitan area$44,030$21.17350
INBloomington, IN$38,850$18.68170
INElkhart-Goshen, IN$40,400$19.42120
INColumbus, IN$41,050$19.7470
INMuncie, IN$39,970$19.21100
INIndianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN$41,660$20.031,970
INEvansville, IN-KY$39,820$19.14340
INLafayette-West Lafayette, IN$37,680$18.11170
INSouth Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI$42,450$20.41300
INFort Wayne, IN$36,660$17.63520
INMichigan City-La Porte, IN$33,510$16.1170
INSouthern Indiana nonmetropolitan area$36,210$17.41290
INNorthern Indiana nonmetropolitan area$37,300$17.93310
INKokomo, IN$45,920$22.0860
INTerre Haute, IN$28,180$13.55100
INGary, IN$34,020$16.36820

*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Iowa

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Iowa;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Assistants3,260$18.18$37,820
Physician Assistants1,000$46.26$96,220
Respiratory Therapists910$24.31$50,560
Dental Hygienists2,340$32.92$68,470
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers690$29.86$62,110
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,390$15.94$33,160
Pharmacy Technicians4,390$14.16$29,460
Surgical Technologists740$18.91$39,340
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians740$15.07$31,350
Home Health Aides5,730$11.50$23,920
Nursing Assistants23,130$12.64$26,300
Occupational Therapy Assistants400$25.83$53,720
Physical Therapist Assistants930$22.10$45,970
Massage Therapists820$19.06$39,640
Medical Assistants4,810$15.37$31,970
Medical Transcriptionists970$15.77$32,790
Phlebotomists1,160$14.03$29,190