Tennessee Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs

Strong growth in job opportunities for dental assistants and dental hygienists is predicted in Tennessee in the coming years. Along with the general expansion in health care employment throughout the US, there is an increasing delegation of responsibilities from licensed dentists to those who work alongside them. [Seguir leyendo en español]

In the state of Tennessee in 2012, there were 5,560 persons employed as dental assistants, and 3,460 as dental hygienists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2022 there will be 6,700 and 4,450 respectively. These increases of 20.6% and 28.6% mean great opportunities for those starting a career in the profession now.

Requirements

Tennessee dental legislation defines three levels of dental assistant and the duties they may perform. They are the Practical Dental Assistant, the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Qualified to Perform Expanded Functions. The Dental Assisting National Board provides a summary of permitted and prohibited duties for each.

A Practical Dental Assistant is an employee of a licensed dentist who is either being trained by that dentist or is a student on a CODA-accredited dental assisting program.

An RDA is a dental assistant registered with the Tennessee Board of Dentistry. To be registered, they must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or GED, and have a current CPR certificate.

An RDA Qualified to Perform Expanded Functions is an RDA who has undergone specific training in an expanded function and has received a certificate from the Board in that function.

The expanded functions are coronal polishing, the application of sealants, the monitoring nitrous oxide, and the performance of expanded restorative and/or prosthetic functions.

To perform coronal polishing, you must have completed a Board-approved coronal polishing course, and passed the related exams.

To perform the application of sealants, you must have completed a Board-approved sealant application course or be enrolled in a CODA-accredited or Board-approved program which includes such a course.

To monitor nitrous oxide, you must have completed a Board-approved nitrous oxide monitoring course or be enrolled in a CODA-accredited or Board-approved program which includes such a course.

To perform expanded restorative and/or prosthetic functions you must have a minimum of two years of continuous, full-time employment in the past three years as an RDA and complete a Board-approved certification course.

To become a dental hygienist in Tennessee, you must have graduated from an ADA accredited dental hygiene program, have passed the National Board Exam, a clinical exam with one of the regional exam agencies, hold a current CPR card and supply two letters of recommendation from dental professionals who can attest to your character as a dental hygienist.

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Salaries in Tennessee

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

Dental Assistants in the state of Tennessee are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to earn an average annual salary of $33,621, which is equivalent to $16.16 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Chattanooga, TN-GA410$16.86$35,080
Clarksville, TN-KY340$17.67$36,760
Cleveland, TN100$15.89$33,050
Jackson, TN90$12.94$26,910
Johnson City, TN240$16.88$35,110
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA300$15.68$32,610
Knoxville, TN800$18.09$37,620
Morristown, TN130$18.13$37,720
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN1,830$17.02$35,410
Memphis, TN-MS-AR1,040$16.30$33,900

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Tennessee, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $62,268, or $29.94 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Cleveland, TN70$32.05$66,660
Jackson, TN80$26.90$55,950
Johnson City, TN110$32.01$66,570
Knoxville, TN520$35.83$74,530
Morristown, TN30$27.83$57,880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN1,430$32.85$68,340
Chattanooga, TN-GA390$32.38$67,350
Clarksville, TN-KY160$29.16$60,660
Memphis, TN-MS-AR640$29.79$61,960
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA160$25.91$53,890
 

Dental Assisting

Chattanooga, TN-GA

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers

3805 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-3742
(423) 624-0078
http://www.chattanoogacollege.edu/programs/programs-dental-assistant/

The Certificate program at Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers is taught at their Chattanooga campus. Most of the school’s 341 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are about $9,265 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $9,265.

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers

3805 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-3742
(423) 624-0078
http://www.chattanoogacollege.edu/programs/programs-dental-assistant/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Chattanooga campus. Most of the school’s 341 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are around $9,265 per year, while fees for out-of-state students are $9,265.

Chattanooga State Community College

4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406-1097
(423) 697-4400
http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/program/ah/dental-assisting

The Certificate and AAS degree programs at Chattanooga State Community College are offered at their campus in the city of Chattanooga. The program is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 10,121 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,651 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $14,091.

Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga

6020 Shallowford Road Suite 100, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
(423) 510-9675 x200
http://www.miller-motte.edu/programs/dental-assisting

The Associate’s program at Miller-Motte Technical College is taught at their Chattanooga campus. This private, for-profit college has around 469 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are around $10,692 per year, while students from other states will pay $10,692.

Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga

6020 Shallowford Road Suite 100, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
(423) 510-9675 x200
http://www.miller-motte.edu/programs/dental-assisting

Miller-Motte Technical College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Chattanooga, TN. This private, for-profit college has about 469 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are about $10,692 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $10,692.

Clarksville, TN-KY

Daymar Institute-Clarksville

2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
(931) 552-7600
http://www.daymarinstitute.edu/programs/healthcare/dental-assisting/clarksville-dental-assistant-training

The Certificate program at Daymar Institute is offered at their campus in the city of Clarksville. The majority of the school’s 499 students are on 4-year programs. Fees at the school are about $18,000 per year. Fees for students from other states are $18,000.

Daymar Institute-Clarksville

2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
(931) 552-7600
http://www.daymarinstitute.edu/programs/healthcare/dental-assisting/clarksville-dental-assistant-training

The Associate’s program at Daymar Institute is offered at their campus in the city of Clarksville. Most of the school’s 499 students are on 4-year programs. Fees at the college are approximately $18,000 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $18,000.

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

Northeast State Community College

2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, Tennessee 37617-0246
(423) 323-3191
http://catalog.northeaststate.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=5&poid=464

The Certificate program at Northeast State Community College is offered at their campus in Blountville in Sullivan County. Most of the school’s 6,446 students are on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,638 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $14,360.

Knoxville, TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville

1100 Liberty St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 546-5567
http://www.tcatknoxville.edu/full-time-programs/dental-assisting

The Certificate program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology is offered at their campus in the city of Knoxville. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 767 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are around $3,823 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $3,823.

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

Concorde Career College-Memphis

5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
(901) 761-9494
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-assistant-assisting

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Memphis campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Most of the school’s 1,228 students are on 2-year programs. The dental assistant program has annual tuition fees of $14,135 and material costs of $1,031. The average completion time for the program is 17 months.

Concorde Career College-Memphis

5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
(901) 761-9494
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-assistant-assisting

The Certificate program at Concorde Career College is offered at their campus in the city of Memphis. The program is accredited by the ADA. Most of the school’s 1,228 students are on 2-year programs. Annual tuition fees for the dental assisting program are $14,135 and books and supplies costs of $1,031. On average the program takes 17 months to complete.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis

550 Alabama Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-3604
(901) 543-6100
http://www.tcatmemphis.edu/fulltime-programs/dental-assisting

Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Memphis, TN. The program is accredited by the ADA. This public college has about 850 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this school are about $4,698 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $4,698.

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

Anthem Career College-Nashville

560 Royal Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/nashville-tennessee/dental-assistant/diploma/

Anthem Career College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Nashville, TN. The majority of the school’s 437 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are approximately $12,728 per year. Fees for students from other states are $12,728.

Anthem Career College-Nashville

560 Royal Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(954) 400-2000
http://www.anthem.edu/nashville-tennessee/dental-assistant/associate-degree/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Nashville campus. The majority of the school’s 437 students are on 2-year programs. Fees at this college are around $12,728 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $12,728.

Remington College-Nashville Campus

441 Donelson Pk Ste 150, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 889-5520
http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/nashville-dental-assistant-training-program/

The Certificate program at Remington College is offered at their campus in the city of Nashville. The majority of the school’s 357 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are about $15,995 per year, while students from other states will pay $15,995.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson

740 Hwy 46, Dickson, Tennessee 37055
(615) 441-6220
http://www.tcatdickson.edu/day-programs/dental-assistant-dickson

Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Dickson, TN. The program is ADA accredited. The college has around 582 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 82%. Tuition fees at the college are around $3,477 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $3,477.

Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro

415 Golden Bear Court, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128
(615) 217-9347
http://www.daymarinstitute.edu/programs/healthcare/dental-assisting/murfreesboro-dental-assistant-training

The Associate’s program at Daymar Institute is offered at their campus in the city of Murfreesboro. Most of the school’s 316 students are on 4-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are around $18,000 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $18,000.

Volunteer State Community College

1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066-3188
(615) 452-8600
http://www.volstate.edu/DentalAssistant/

Volunteer State Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Gallatin in Sumner County, TN. The program is ADA accredited. The college has about 8,177 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,607 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $14,047.

Dental Hygiene

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

Concorde Career College-Memphis

5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
(901) 761-9494
http://www.concorde.edu/program/dental-hygiene

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Memphis campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 1,228 students are on 2-year programs. The dental hygiene program has annual tuition fees of $14,135 and material costs of $1,031. The average completion time for the program is 17 months.

Johnson City, TN

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-0000
(423) 439-1000
http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/alliedhealth/bsdh/

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Johnson City campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. This is a full, 4-year private college with 15,133 students, of which 81% are undergraduates. In-state tuition fees are approximately $7,249 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $22,561.

Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

Hiwassee College

225 Hiwassee College Drive, Madisonville, Tennessee 37354-4001
(423) 442-2001
http://hiwassee.edu/academics/programs/dental-hygiene-program/

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Madisonville campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. Most of the school’s 385 students are on 4-year programs. Fees at the school are around $13,320 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $13,320.

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

Remington College-Nashville Campus

441 Donelson Pk Ste 150, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 889-5520
http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/dental-hygiene-schools/

The Associate’s program at Remington College is taught at their Nashville campus. This program of study is accredited by the ADA. This private, not-for-profit college has around 357 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at this school are around $15,995 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $15,995.

Knoxville, TN

Roane State Community College

276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748
(865) 354-3000
http://www.roanestate.edu/?127-Dental-Hygiene

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Harriman campus. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 6,508 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $3,621 per year, while students from other states will pay $14,061.

Chattanooga, TN-GA

Southern Adventist University

4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315-0370
(423) 236-2000
http://www1.southern.edu/academics/alliedhealth.html

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Collegedale campus. This is a full, 4-year private college with 3,319 students, of which 87% are undergraduates. Fees at the school are about $19,790 per year. The fees for out-of-state students are $19,790.

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
(615) 963-5111
http://www.tnstate.edu/dentalhygiene/aas_degree.aspx

The Associate’s program at Tennessee State University is taught at their Nashville campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 8,740 students, about 23% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $6,498 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $19,218.

Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee

527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
(865) 974-1000
http://www.uthsc.edu/allied/dh/dh_program.php

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Knoxville campus. This is a full, 4-year private college with 29,833 students, of which 70% are undergraduates. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 85%. In-state tuition fees are approximately $11,194 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $29,684.

The University of Tennessee

527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
(865) 974-1000
http://www.uthsc.edu/allied/mdh/

The Master program at The University of Tennessee is offered at their campus in the city of Knoxville. Of the 29,833 students, about 30% are postgraduates. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $11,194 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Tennessee is $29,684.

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