Dental Assisting


The Dental Assisting program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson is one year in length. The program consists of organized class instruction, laboratory and clinical practice, and clinical rotations in dental offices. The class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Dental Assisting students study a wide array of subjects, including radiology, dental materials, anatomy, physiology, chair-side assisting, oral pathology, and dental specialties.  During the third semester of the program, students are assigned to dental offices for clinical externships.

Class Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 2:30 PM




Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,028.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,694.55

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Sterilization Technician432Certificate
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

The Dental Assisting program begins each year in September.

Dental Assisting applicants:

Complete an online application for TCAT Dickson Dental Assisting.

Additional application requirements for Dental Assisting:

All application documents must be received by July 1.

  • An official high school transcript or equivalent.  The transcript should be mailed directly from your school system to TCAT Dickson, Attn: Sherry LaRose-Bowman.  Foreign transcripts will require evaluation from a credentialing service to verify US equivalency. 
  • Three current references. Click here for the reference form: 

  • Proof of immunity to MMR and Varicella.  Immunization records must show two doses of each vaccine, or the applicant must provide proof of positive titer levels. 
  • Completion of the HESI Admission Assessment, math and reading sections.  Minimum scores are 70 in each section. 

For questions about outstanding admissions requirements, please contact Sherry La-Rose Bowman at

HESI Admission Assessment Information

HESI testing slots are limited (see dates below). Applicants must contact Sherry LaRose-Bowman to schedule a testing date.  The HESI Admission Assessment costs $40, which must be paid in cash on the day the test.  Applicants must wait a minimum of 30 days before retesting.  Applicants may only retest once per trimester.

Dickson:  October 21, and October 28

Clarksville:  September 28, October 19, and October 26

Achieving the minimum scores on the exam does not guarantee admission.  Admission to the Dental Assisting program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled in each class. Dental applicants with a complete application are ranked based on scores on the entrance exam.

For additional information, please contact Stephanie Murphy, Health Careers Coordinator, at 615-441-6220 or


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Campus Locations

Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055

Job Duties

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 6,170

Current job openings per year: 910


Eligible to take the national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam
Eligible to apply for state Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


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