Iowa contains twelve schools that offer dental assistant programs. University of Iowa, the highest-ranking dental assistant school in IA, has a total student population of 28,987 and is the 782nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 12 dental assistant schools in Iowa, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Vatterott College comes out as the most expensive ($18,273/yr), with Southeastern Community College as the lowest recorded at only $6,121/yr.
Dental Assistant students from Iowa schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Iowa alone, there are 1,860 employed dental hygienists earning an average yearly salary of $63,170. Dental assistants in this state earn $33,070/yr and there are 2,830 employed.
Also, within the dental assistant schools in Iowa, the average student population is 3,609 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Aside from dental assistant, there are 3687 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,622 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,082, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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