The Dental Hygiene program begins each year in the fall. No waiting list, it is a selective limited enrollment program and each year the application and selection process begins over.
School Diploma or Equivalent
High School GPA 2.5
GED Scores 550
|ACT||English 18||Math 18||Reading 18|
|SAT||Verbal 430||Math 430||Reading NA|
|COMPASS||Writing 65||Math P39||Reading 80|
|ASSET||Writing 40||Math 40||Reading 40|
*Applicants must submit a copy of their ACT, SAT, Asset, or Compass test, unless taken at Iowa Central Community College (Asset/Compass only). Only one test is required, however applicants who have taken a test more than once, or have taken different tests, are encouraged to send in as many different tests as they would like. The highest scores will always be used for evaluation.
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
It is highly recommended to have these general education courses completed prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene Program.
If accepted you will need to secure radiographic clients the first semester and you will begin clinics in the spring semester your first year. You are responsible for scheduling your clients in your clinical sessions.
Students must have previously completed the following prerequisites with a "C" or better, before beginning the Dental Hygiene Program:
|Course #||Course Title||
|BIO-168||Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab||
|BIO-173||Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab||
|CHM-110||Intro to Chemistry||
|CHM-111||Intro to Chemistry Lab||
|BIO-186||Microbiology with Lab||
Total Hours: 16.0
Students must submit proof of their enrollment in/or completion of these classes prior to the application deadline.
The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
The dental hygiene program is five consecutive semesters, with a summer session, not including pre-requisites or general education classes. Upon successful completion and graduation you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.
a. You must apply to Iowa Central and indicate “pre-dental hygiene” that means you are interested in the dental hygiene program. That does not mean you are in the dental hygiene program and it does not mean you will be selected for the dental hygiene program. After acceptance into Iowa Central you will be sent a "Dental Hygiene application package" which will be available October through January.
b. The separate Dental Hygiene application must be post marked not later than the application deadline March 1st each year for consideration for acceptance into the following fall dental hygiene class.
According to information by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Industry sources, it is predicted that Dental Hygienists may have an estimated 64,200 new jobs by 2022 with an average salary of $70,210. Private dental offices employ most dental hygienists, with flexible scheduling, generally 8am-5pm Monday through Friday with no holidays. Dental hygiene is a licensed profession that provides preventative and therapeutic services in clinical and community settings. As a dental hygienist, you will be expected to perform diverse and complex health care services. Employment is also available in education, sales, research, and public health.
Required notice of opportunity and procedure to file complaints with the Commission
As Iowa Central dental hygiene students you have an opportunity to file complaints with the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. This serves as your notification and procedures to file a complaint.
|Renee Piper, RDH, MAemail@example.com|