Dental Assisting

A career in the dental field will equal a lifetime of smiles! So let’s make smiles Life.Changing. for you!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 4 Terms (12 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Diploma



As a dental assistant, you will be in a fast-paced atmosphere where you will work chairside with the dentist and even be qualified to perform some dental procedures yourself, such as taking impressions or fabrication of mouth-guards! If you want a career in the health professions where you can work with your hands, this is the place for you!

Choose a career in Dental Assisting where helping others achieve optimal oral health can be Life.Changing!


What you will learn:
  • Assist with all dental procedures performed in a private dental practice and the instrumentation for each
  • Expose and evaluate dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Digital software and business office procedures
  • Fabrication of oral appliances such as whitening trays and mouth guards


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Dental Assisting Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Dental Specialty Assistant, Dental Office Manager, or an Insurance Company Specialist!  


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Indian Hills Community College accreditation site visit from the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the Dental Assisting Program is September 27th-28th, 2022.  Any member of the public wishing to make a comment or complaint regarding the accreditation process may direct them to the commission in writing to 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The comments must be signed, but signatures will be removed prior to forwarding them to the program.  All comments and complaints must be received by July 29th, 2022 and must pertain only to the standards used in the accreditation process.  The accreditation standards and the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 ext. 4653.  

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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Justine! 

absentJustine Munger, BA, QDA, CDA, Program Director, Dental Assisting
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5298 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5298 
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