Dental Assisting, A.A.S.

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Mark Matney
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The dental assisting program provides a foundation in the health sciences along with extensive training in the technology necessary to perform those tasks delegated to dental assistants by the State Dental Practice Act. Clinical training experiences working with dentists and patients are provided in private offices of practicing dentist, at community health centers, and at the Dental Center on the Chattanooga State campus on Amnicola Highway. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for Registration as a Dental Assistant in Tennessee with state certifications in Dental Radiology, Sealant Application, Monitoring Nitrous Oxide, and Coronal Polishing. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB) Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

There are three pathways to obtain the A.A.S. degree in Dental Assisting:

  1. Complete all general education courses by end of spring semester and apply to program by the June 15th application deadline date.
  2. Complete the one-year certificate program and continue taking the additional courses required to complete the degree.
  3. Advanced Placement – the student is awarded 36 semester hours of advanced placement for holding current state or national certification or registration as a result of graduation from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The Dental Assisting program is a 1-year certificate program with an option to earn an Associate of Applied Science, which is designed to provide a career ladder for individuals who have graduated from or who are currently enrolled in an American Dental Association accredited dental assisting certificate program and seek to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is designed to broaden the student’s education through the addition of a broad general education core and additional electives. There are two pathways by which students may meet the requirements of this degree. The traditional pathway, in which the student completes the 1-year certificate program and continues to take the additional courses required to complete the degree requirements, and the Advances placement pathway, in which the student is awarded 36 semester hours of advanced placement for holding current state or national certification or registration as a result of graduation from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Commission on Dental Accreditation Third Party Comments

If a student has a complaint about the effectiveness of the Dental Assisting program’s compliance with the accreditation standards established by the commission, they have the opportunity to file a complaint with the commission.

The commission will review complaints that relate to the program’s compliance with accreditation standards. The commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of the dental and dental-related educational programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or acts of court appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the commission’s policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the commission.

The Dental Assisting program at Chattanooga State Community College must retain a copy of all information regarding students’ comments and complaints sent to the commission. A notebook is available in the Clinic Assistant’s office for recording any comments and/or complaints.

The contact information for the commission is:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678


A license to practice Dental Assisting is not required in all states, but in Tennessee the dental assistant must be registered (RDA). Registration is granted by the Board of Dentistry. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for State Registration and/or National Certification Examinations.

Success Rates

Completion rate: 94%

TN Board of Dentistry Certifications Pass Rate: 100%

Job placement rate: 100%

Employment Opportunities: 

Private Practice-General, Group, or Specialty;  Dental Office Receptionist/Manager; Health Departments; Veteran’s Administration; Dental Sales; Manufacturer’s Representative; Dental Insurance Claims; Dental Assistant.

Program Cost

Estimated Program Costs
First Semester (13 Hrs) FallIn-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2252.006515.00
Text Books605.25605.25
Estimated Program Costs
Second Semester (13 hours) (spring)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2252.008767.00
Textbooks (estimate)540.00540.00
Estimated Program Costs
Third Semester (15 hours) (fall)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2326.009055.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee375.00375.00
MyRecordTracker Fee17.5017.50
Physical Exam300.00300.00
Hep B Immunization (estimate)175.00175.00
Liability Insurance (estimate)11.0511.05
CPR Certofocatopm Cpirse45.0045.00
Truescreen Drug Screening (12 panel)39.0039.00
Truescreen Criminal Background Check24.5024.50
Textbooks and Supply Costs (estimate)800.00800.00
Estimated Program Costs
Fourth Semester (15 hours) (Spring)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2991.159055.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee375.00375.00
Textbooks (estimate)200.00200.00
Initial Registration for State Registration and State Certification Fees90.1590.15
Fifth Semester (6 hours) (Summer)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee1,115.004,259.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee150.00150.00
Completion of State Registration and State Certification Fees45.0045.00