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 $3,738.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,097.75

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

Prospective students must attend at least one information session to begin the intake process. If you are interested in becoming a Dental Assisting student, please complete the following steps:

  • In April: Call the main campus to find out the dates for the May information sessions. You will not need to reserve a seat for an information session.
  • In May: Attend the information session that best fits your schedule. All information sessions will be held on the TCAT Dickson main campus. You do not need to have filed an application for admission in order to attend an information session.
  • In September: Program classes begin.

"Due to the COVID-19 situation, the upcoming information sessions have been canceled.  To apply for the September program, please send an email to Laura Travis at  An information packet will be emailed with all the necessary application materials."

Admission to the Dental Assisting Program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled each year.  To qualify, an applicant must meet the minimum requirements of the HESI Admissions Assessment Test.

However, this does not guarantee admission.

Our Dental Assisting Class will be selected from the highest scores on the above-mentioned test. 

Applicants will be registered for the HESI Admissions Assessment after attending the information session.

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Campus Locations

Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055

Job Duties

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 5,450

Current job openings per year: 820


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


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