Dental Assisting


The mission of the Dental Assisting Program is to provide specialized classroom instruction and practical experience in preparation for employ­ment in a dental office.

Students will 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.

In preparation for protection against possible disease transmission, training for infection control in dentistry is required


Program Accreditation:

Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

Approved by the Tennessee Dental Board of Examiners


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,738.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,039.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Dental Assistant1296Diploma

In addition to regular admission requirements, applicant must:

Take the HESI Exam

Furnish the school with two (2) work references or character references. (Relatives are not considered acceptable references.)

Submit the following required documents within the designated time frame:

High school and /or college transcript

Two letters of reference

Evidence of a recent physical examination by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner

Writing sample

Resume of work history

Campus Locations

Main Campus
550 Alabama Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105


First Trimester: 
Professional Orientation
Anatomy & Physiology
Dental Anatomy
Head & Neck
Embryology & Histology
Micro & Sterilization
Oral Diagnosis
Prevention & Nutrition
Office Emergencies
Operative I
Psychology & Communication
Second Trimester: 
Dental Materials I
Dental Materials II
Radiology I
Radiology II
Operative II
Operative III
Ethics & Jurisprudence
Third Trimester: 
Practice Management
Clinical Externship
Radiology III
Dental Specialties

Books and Supplies Lists


Eligible to take the national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam
Eligible to apply for state Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Shelia Schaeffer

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