Dental Assisting


Students may contact the office for information by calling Marsha Nikahd emailing at or by emailing Vickey Myatt at

Next Class – January 2022

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 $5,337.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,401.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

Next Class – January 2022

How to Apply for the Dental Assisting Program

Thank you for your interest in the Dental Assisting Program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville (TCAT Nashville).
The Dental Assisting Program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled each class.

To recieve an application packet you must first submit an offical high school transcript with GPA of 2.0 or an offical GED scores to the Allied Health Department. 
Application Packet for the January 2022 class.

Applicants must complete the Dental Assisting Application Packet. The application packet can be obtained from the Allied Health Department or via email. To request packet by email, contact Vickey Myatt or Marsha Nikhad at email provided below.

The following will be required for enrollment into the program:

  1. Proof of Education: Submit one of the following:
    • High School Transcript - Min 2.0 GPA
    • College Transcript
    • GED Certificate/Scores
  2. Proof of MMR, Varicella and Hepatitis B Vaccines
  3. Dental Assisting Packet (the packet must be complete to be accepted)
  4. Complete on-line application to the school.

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 Ammons & Lexy Baker, Dental Assisting Instructors or   

(615) 425-5650

Campus Locations

Main Campus
100 White Bridge Road
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: 6,170

Current job openings per year: 910


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

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