Dental Assisting


The Dental Assisting program prepares students to become members of the dental health care team. The course includes theory with demonstrations and classroom instruction. Students receive supervised experience performing procedures using study models, mannequins, and other simulated methods. Students receive three months of supervised experience in the clinical setting performing procedures on dental patients in a dental office.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation which allows graduates to be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board

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

Program starts each September

The Dental Assisting program provides expanded function courses to current Registered Dental Assistants. The courses offered are as follows:

  • Coronal Polishing
  • Dental Radiology
  • Dental Sealants
  • Monitoring Nitrous Oxide

Course dates, times, and application process can be found on the Evening Supplemental courses page.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,951.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,986.50

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Tennessee State Board of Dentistry and the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements.

The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: .

How to Apply

To complete admissions for the Dental Assisting program, applicants must submit all institutional general admissions requirements and Dental Assisting program specific requirements to be considered.

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 HESI test


Deadline for Fall 2021 July 14, 2021

General Admissions Requirements submitted to:
Student Services at 1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville TN 37919

  • Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online – the website is  and our school code is 004025.
  • Complete the Application for Enrollment form online at and select APPLY NOW for the Fall trimester.
  • Provide official, sealed high school transcript or equivalent.

IMPORTANT: If you have foreign transcripts you will need to submit an English translated version of your transcript and an education evaluation both must obtained through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please visit their website at for more information.

Dental Assisting Program Specific Admission submitted to:
Marcy Owen at 1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville TN 37919

  • Student must be 18 years of age by the start of class.

  • Proof of below immunizations:

    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 2 series immunization (2 shots) OR a titer showing immunization within the last year’s time

    • Varicella: 2 series immunizations (2 shots) OR a titer showing immunization to chickenpox within the last year’s time

    • Adult Hepatitis B: 3 series immunizations (3 shots) OR a titer showing immunization within the last year’s time OR proof of the series in progress

  • Provide current CPR card certification from American Heart Association in BLS for Healthcare Providers which covers basic life support in infant, child, adult, choking and AED.

  • Take and pass the HESI Exam. Exam covers Math and Reading Comprehension and the cost is $34.00. Passing scores are 50 in math and 70 in reading exam.

According to CDC guidelines, you may be exposed to blood borne pathogens and infectious materials while in this program.

Campus Locations

Main Campus
1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919

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


First Trimester: 
DTA 0001 Worker Characteristic
DTA 1010 Professional Orientation
DTA 1020 Anatomy & Physiology
DTA 1030 Dental Anatomy
DTA 1040 Head & Neck
DTA 1050 Embryology & Histology
DTA 1060 Micro & Sterilization
DTA 1070 Pathology
DTA 1080 Oral Diagnosis
DTA 1090 Prevention & Nutrition
DTA 1100 Office Emergencies
DTA 1110 Pharmacology
DTA 1120 Operative I
DTA 1130 Psychology & Communication
Second Trimester: 
DTA 0002 Worker Characteristic
DTA 2010 Dental Materials I
DTA 2020 Dental Materials II
DTA 2030 Radiology I
DTA 2040 Radiology II
DTA 2050 Operative II
DTA 2060 Operative III
DTA 2070 Ethics & Jurisprudence
DTA 2080 Prosthodontics
Third Trimester: 
DTA 0003 Worker Characteristic
DTA 3010 Practice Management
DTA 3020 Clinical Externship
DTA 3030 Radiology III
DTA 3040 Endodontics
DTA 3050 Periodontics
DTA 3060 Orthodontics
DTA 3070 Oral Surgery
DTA 3080 Pedodontics


Dr. James Robertson
Marcy Owen

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