Iowa Dental Assistants Schools
Dental assistants can prepare educationally in the same way as dental hygienists by beginning as early as you realize an interest in the dental field. High school courses, especially accelerated or college level classes in biology, chemistry, and math will prove very useful as that is often the extent of a dental assistant’s classroom education. Dental assistants receive their primary education from on-the-job training and hands-on experience and observance. There are a number of Dental Assistant Schools in Iowa.
Continuing Education for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
Dental assistants are issued a two-year registration by the Iowa Dental Board. The registration expires on August 31 of odd-numbered years. To renew registration, dental assistants in Iowa must do the following:
- Submit an application for renewal, prior to the expiration date
- Pay the renewal fee
- Provide proof of current CPR certification
- Provide evidence that training has been received in the last five years in the identification and reporting of child and/or dependent adult abuse
- Obtain 20 credit hours of continuing education, two of which need to cover the subject area of infection control and two that are in the area of dental radiography.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Dental Assistants in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital, and Genesis Medical Center East.