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
Clinical Hours: Vary depending on clinical site availability




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 $1,742.05

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Sterilization Technician432Certificate
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

The Dental Assisting program begins each year in September.

Information sessions scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM on the Dickson campus.

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: TCAT Reference Form.pdf

  • 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. 

  • HESI Admission Assessment, math and reading sections.  Minimum scores are 70 in each section. See below for additional information about HESI.

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

HESI Admission Assessment Information

HESI testing slots are limited. Applicants will have an opportunity to schedule testing at the information session. The test fee must be paid when scheduling to reserve your spot.  The HESI Admission Assessment costs $40, which must be paid in cash.   The HESI test fee is nonrefundable.

HESI testing dates:  September 30 and October 7 (9 AM on Dickson campus only)

Please arrive early for HESI testing.  Tests begin promptly as scheduled and there will be no late admittance.

Applicants must wait a minimum of 30 days before retesting.  Applicants may only retest once per trimester.

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.

Applicants may utilize the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review ISBN: 9780323582261.  The local American Job Centers/Workforce Essentials offices in Dickson and Clarksville/Montgomery County offer free assistance with preparation.

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


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HESI testing dates TBA.

Campus Locations

Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055


Eligible to apply for state Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


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