Iowa Dental Assistant Requirements

Each state has different requirements for dental assistants. This page includes links to all the information you need to understand the requirements for dental assistants in this state. View the different dental assisting levels, along with the requirements for each. You can also view the allowable duties at each level.

Iowa Requirements

Dental Assistant Trainee Requirements

Note: In order to work as a dental assistant in the state of Iowa, an individual must be 17 years of age or older, be a high school graduate or equivalent, and be registered with the Iowa Dental Board and have received a Certificate of Registration.

To qualify as a Dental Assistant Trainee in Iowa, one must:

1a. Graduate from high school or equivalent, AND

1b. Be 17 years of age or older, or

2. Be enrolled in a cooperative education or work study program through an Iowa high school, AND

3. Apply to the Iowa Dental Board and receive a certificate of registration.

A dental assistant trainee must have certification of Dental Assistant Trainee status issued prior to beginning work as a dental assistant trainee.