Dental Assisting

Students will be placed in private dental offices for three different rotations. The first private practice experience will be after they complete their clinic at the dental college. Those experiences must be in a general practice in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City area. Later in the program they will have two additional rotations in a private office. The latter experience can include offices outside the local area and can include specialty practices. Please see the times below in which students may request to do an internship in your office. Students will need to complete anywhere from 48 - 84 hours within a dental office per rotation.




Type of Practice


April through May selected days

General only


Most of July

Any type of practice


End of July through mid August

Any type of practice


October around three days a week

General only


November to mid December three days a week

Any type of practice

What Preparation will students have prior to starting their private practice experience?
By the time students are placed in the offices they will have minimal clinical experience in chairside assisting and x-ray exposing. Prior to their last two rotations they will have some classroom exposure to receptionist duties. During these private rotations we hope they will gain as much experience in these areas as possible. Adaptability and increasing chairside efficiency are our basic clinical goals.

Are students paid for their time?
Students are not to be paid during this affiliation---it is part of their training. It is necessary, however, that we have a written agreement between each office and Kirkwood Community College. If you would like to review the agreement, we will be happy to send you a copy.

What is expected of our office?
Our instructors will be communicating/visiting with your office from time to time to discuss the progress of each student. Students will be given information that they should share with the office regarding conference times and paperwork involved. They will also provide the office with a syllabus upon request.

A student evaluation will be required from the office and must be completed at the end of the rotation period. This will require you to assign a letter grade to the student. You will receive the evaluation information when the instructor comes for the clinic site visit.  The purpose of this affiliation is to provide the students with realistic, practical experience and not just observation. Observation is a valuable tool but is not the main focus for these rotations.

What happens if I agree to provide a learning opportunity for a student?
If you volunteer to have a student, your name will be added to the list on our program website. Interested students may call your office to arrange a visit/interview. The interview serves two purposes: 1) it provides a practice interview for the student; and 2) it provides your office an opportunity to select the student you feel you can work with. We cannot insure that every office will have a student or that there will be multiple student interviews.

If I agree to have a student will I be required to have a student anytime they call?
Dental offices are not required to have students for every rotation. Recommended dental office lists assist the student to know which offices are willing to have a student . If offices decide never to have a student again they can contact the program and have their office removed.

If you would like additional information please call 398-5560.