Dental Assistant Programs in Tennessee

How to become a Dental Assistant in Tennessee

It is a great time to pursue a career as a dental assistant in Tennessee given the strong jobs growth in the sector. The Bureau for Labor Statistics has predicted that the number of dental assisting jobs in the USA will grow by a massive 19% between 2016 and 2026.

In order to become a dental assistant in the USA most states will require you to graduate from an accredited program and to pass additional state level or national certification exams. Find out more about becoming a Dental Assistant in Tennessee below.


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Listed below are some of the top dental assisting and related programs nearest to you in Tennessee.

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Top Dental Assistant Schools in Tennessee

StateSchoolAreaAccrediting BodyWebsite 
TennesseeChattanooga State Community CollegeChattanoogaCODAhttps://www.chattanoogastate.edu/program/nursing-allied-health/dental-hygiene-aas
TennesseeVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatinCODA
TennesseeNortheast State Community CollegeKingsportCODA
TennesseeTennessee College of Applied TechnologyKnoxvilleCODAhttp://www.tcatknoxville.edu
TennesseeConcorde Career CollegeMemphisCODAhttp://www.concorde.edu/dentalhygiene
TennesseeTennessee College of Applied TechnologyMemphisCODA

Listed above are some of the top CODA accredited programs in Tennessee. For more entry level and post secondary Dental Assisting options you can also view all DANB accredited programs.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their dentistry programs and admissions data.

You can also view results for schools offering Dental Assisting programs in Tennessee and surrounding states on the map below.

Still haven’t found what you are looking for? You might also be interested in exploring dental hygiene programs in Tennessee.

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Tennessee Dental Assistant License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Tennessee law that you obtain a license to work as a dental assistant there. The Health Professional Boards governs the licensing of dental assistants in Tennessee. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (615) 741-3111
Website: http://tn.gov/health/topic/Dentistry-board

Dental Assistant Salary in Tennessee

StateTennessee
Average Salary$36,090
Hourly Wage$17.35
Top 10% of Earners$49,490
Bottom 10% of Earners$22,520
#'s Employed5,800

The average Dental Assistant salary in Tennessee is $36,090 –  4.1% below the national average.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.35.

There are currently 5,800 persons employed as dental assistants in the state.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental assistants across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Tennessee;

StateAreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed                     
TNKnoxville, TN$38,550$18.53720
TNEast TN nonmetropolitan area$38,420$18.47170
TNMorristown, TN$37,270$17.9280
TNClarksville, TN-KY$37,750$18.15280
TNCleveland, TN$34,650$16.6690
TNJackson, TN$31,260$15.0350
TNKingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA$35,540$17.09290
TNMemphis, TN-MS-AR$38,580$18.551,070
TNJohnson City, TN$34,620$16.65200
TNNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN$35,250$16.952,290
TNChattanooga, TN-GA$33,130$15.93450
TNWest TN nonmetropolitan area$34,520$16.60200
TNSouth Central TN nonmetropolitan area$31,240$15.02180
TNNorth Central TN nonmetropolitan area$31,500$15.15(8) -

*Updated May 2018 to allow for the most recent BLS data released in March 2018.

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Tennessee

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment for dental assistants with related healthcare careers in Tennessee;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Physician Assistants1,430$86,920
Respiratory Therapists3,390$49,700
Dental Hygienists3,880$66,160
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,590$60,130
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics6,690$34,600
Pharmacy Technicians12,030$30,200
Surgical Technologists2,780$39,460
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,420$32,120
Home Health Aides8,510$19,450
Nursing Assistants29,670$22,920
Occupational Therapy Assistants820$59,520
Physical Therapist Assistants2,630$55,100
Massage Therapists1,340$35,650
Dental Assistants5,720$34,970
Medical Assistants14,380$29,920
Medical Transcriptionists1,290$32,060
Phlebotomists2,670$27,320