Dental Assisting

About

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.

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

Program starts each September

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Tennessee State Board of Dentistry and the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Overview

Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,858.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,982.00
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Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

To complete admissions for the Dental Assisting program applicants must submit all general admissions requirements and Dental Assisting program specific requirements to be considered. Acceptance into this program is based on a first-come-first-serve system based on completion date of all documentation. Completion of admissions does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov  and our school code is 004025.
  • Complete the Application for Enrollment form online at www.tcatknoxville.edu and select APPLY NOW.
  • 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 www.naces.org for more information.

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

  • Student must be 18 years of age by the start of class.
  • Provide documentation of MMR and Varicella immunizations.
  • 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

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

Curriculum/Courses

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

Instructors

Judith Walker
865-766-4370
Dr. James Robertson
865-766-4367

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