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 $3,956.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,695.15

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

The Dental Assisting program begins each year in September. To apply for the Fall 2021 class, prospective students will need to attend an information session.  The information sessions will be held in May. Please check the website or call in late March for information regarding the required information sessions. 

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 score requirements on the HESI Admissions Assessment Test.  The Dental Assisting class will be selected from the scores on the HESI test. Applicants will be registered for the HESI exam after attending an information session.

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

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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