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.
Get started today in a few easy steps. Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button for each school to receive more information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition, financial assistance etc.
Top Dental Assistant Schools in Tennessee
|Tennessee||Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga||CODA||https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/program/nursing-allied-health/dental-hygiene-aas|
|Tennessee||Volunteer State Community College||Gallatin||CODA|
|Tennessee||Northeast State Community College||Kingsport||CODA|
|Tennessee||Tennessee College of Applied Technology||Knoxville||CODA||http://www.tcatknoxville.edu|
|Tennessee||Concorde Career College||Memphis||CODA||http://www.concorde.edu/dentalhygiene|
|Tennessee||Tennessee College of Applied Technology||Memphis||CODA|
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.
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
Dental Assistant Salary in Tennessee
|Top 10% of Earners||$49,490|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$22,520|
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;
|State||Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|TN||East TN nonmetropolitan area||$38,420||$18.47||170|
|TN||Johnson City, TN||$34,620||$16.65||200|
|TN||West TN nonmetropolitan area||$34,520||$16.60||200|
|TN||South Central TN nonmetropolitan area||$31,240||$15.02||180|
|TN||North 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;
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||1,590||$60,130|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||6,690||$34,600|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||1,420||$32,120|
|Home Health Aides||8,510||$19,450|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||820||$59,520|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||2,630||$55,100|