The Dental Assisting program prepares students to become members of the dental health care team. The course includes didactic, laboratory, and clinical 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.
Upon completion of this CODA-accredited program, students will earn a diploma in Dental Assisting and be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board exam.
Students can earn an additional certificate as a Dental Sterilization Technician after successful completion of 432 hours and the DTA 1060 – Microbiology & Sterilization course in the first Trimester, awarded by TCATK.
Class Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Program starts each September
|Time Commitment||Full Time|
|Typical Program Length||12 Months|
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: http://www.ada.org/en/coda .
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 2022||July 13, 2022|
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 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 www.naces.org 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 $40.00. 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.
1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
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.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 5,590
Current job openings per year: 770