Dental Assistant

Behavioral & Health Sciences Department


Dental Assisting is a unique, four-year program of study designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and theology and dental assisting knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Dental Assisting coursework is offered through a cooperative agreement with the Northeast Iowa Community College. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Iowa Dental Board state registration exams to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Graduates are also eligible to take examinations prepared by the Dental Assisting National Board to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Diploma & Bachelor of Science
Time to Complete
4 Years
Program Director
Krista Iverson
Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes, the student will meet the outcomes established by Northeast Iowa Community College for the Dental Assisting Diploma program. See the NICC website at for up-to-date program requirements and outcomes.

Program Admission
  1. Meet all admission requirements of Emmaus Bible College.
  2. Complete application for admission to Northeast Iowa Community College.
  3. Declare intent to pursue the Dental Assisting program.
  4. Meet all Dental Assisting program admission requirements of Northeast Iowa Community College.
  5. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Bible/Theology program.
  6. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Program Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 120.75 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 36 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. At least 24 semester credit hours must be earned at Northeast Iowa Community College.
  5. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  6. Complete all program and graduation requirements of Northeast Iowa Community College.
  7. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
Bible/Theology (39.5 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
  • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
  • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
  • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
  • Praxis of Interpretation (BT 320)
  • Biblical and Practical Theology of Transformation (BT 352)
  • God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
  • Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
  • Church and Final Things (BT 331)
  • Bible/Theology Electives (6 credits)
  • Servant Leader Training Seminar (CCS 115)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Chapel (CCS 110)
Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
  • Missions and Evangelism* (ICS 104)

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Dental Assisting (34.75 credits)
  • Dental Science 1 (DEA:250)
  • Dental Science II (DEA:261)
  • Dental Radiography 1 (DEA:310)
  • Dental Radiography II (DEA:321)
  • Dental Materials I (DEA:410)
  • Dental Materials II (DEA:418)
  • Principles of Dental Assisting (DEA:511)
  • Dental Externship II (DEA:563)
  • Dental Clinic Internship (DEA:570)
  • Dental Externship I (DEA:571)
  • Dental Specialties (DEA:601)
  • Dental Office Procedures (DEA:704)

Courses at Northeast Iowa Community College.

General Studies (37.5 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
  • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
  • English Composition (ENG 101)
  • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
  • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 or 2 (HIS 235/236)
  • Christian Life and Worldview* (HUM 111)
  • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
  • General Studies Electives (6 credits)

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Program Planner

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