Dental Assisting


Next class is September 2023.

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


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,008.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,525.73

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

Application Deadline is August 7th, 2023.

How to Apply for the Dental Assisting Program

Apply for TCAT Nashville -

Complete Dental Assisitng  Application Packet coming soon.

Applicants must attend ONE Mandatory Information Session:

Dates will be posted soon.

The following will be required for enrollment into the program:

  1. Complete on-line application to the school.
  2. Proof of Education: Submit one of the following:
    • High School Transcript - Min 2.0 GPA
    • College Transcript
    • GED Certificate/Scores
  3. ACT score of 17 OR Work Keys scores of Math level 3 and Reading level 4 within the past two years
  4. Dental Assisting Packet (the packet must be complete to be accepted)

Class Schedule

Class meets Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., while in class. Clinical will begin in the 3rd trimester of the program.  Clinical hours vary based on the site you will be attending. Clinical hours are subject to change, clinical is mandatory to complete the program.

Cost of Training

For the costs of the Dental Assisting Program, please refer to the expense sheet available on the school website.  The costs include tuition, textbooks, supplies, and tools required for the program.

NOTE:  Uniforms, textbooks and supplies are required for the first day of class.


Vickey Myatt, Allied Health Secretary or

Marsha Nikahd at

Crystal Hunter, Dental Assisting Instructor

Lexy Baker, Dental Assisting Instructor   

(615) 425-5650



Campus Locations

Main Campus
100 White Bridge Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

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: 5,590

Current job openings per year: 770


Crystal Hunter
(615) 425-5650
Lexy Baker
(615) 425-5650

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