Nashville Dental Assistant School / Franklin

Dawn BowenAre you interested in a new and exciting career in Dental Assisting? The Dental Staff School of Tennessee can be your ticket to a rewarding and family-friendly job in dental health care! Dental Assisting is a career that will always be in demand and in need of enthusiastic, well-trained, and caring individuals.

Schedule & Registration

Click on “Schedule & Registration” above and enroll today for the FALL Dental Assisting program.  You can be a Registered Dental Assistant by mid-November!  We will meet September 7th for Orientation and then each Saturday September 14th through November 16th.  Click on the “Schedule & Registration” tab for details.  Space is limited for the FALL class.  Call Dawn today to discuss availability and/or to set up a tour

The Dental Assistant takes on a significant responsibility as a member of the dental health care team. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands, and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you.

We are partnered with Dr. Chad and Darby Follis at Harpeth Family Dentistry in Franklin, TN. This allows us to teach out of a modern high tech dental office in a hands-on teaching mode.

Our classes are taught three times per year on consecutive Saturdays from 7:30am – 5:30pm. For every 4-5 students, we have an instructor who works in Dentistry.   This allows for more learning time on an individual basis.  Our instructors are passionate about dentistry and excited to share their real-world experience and knowledge with you.

The cost of the Dental Assisting Program is $5,250 which includes tuition, books, supplies, online activities account, and CPR Certification.  Each student will need to be sized for a set of scrubs at the School.  Students are responsible for the cost of one set of scrubs  and the $55 application fee to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry for RDA and radiology certificates.  In addition, students will need to obtain their OSHA/HIPAA certifications and do their background check / fingerprinting for the Board of Dentistry.  The Dental Staff School of Tennessee will provide instructions for doing these.

Upon successful completion of the Program, students will receive an RDA number for the State of Tennessee.  All graduates will receive a Registered Dental Assistant Certificate and Radiology and Safety Certificate, both approved by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry. 

The Dental Staff School of Tennessee is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in Nashville, TN 37243-0830. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by the Dental Staff School of Tennessee, please visit and click on the “Authorized Institutions Data” button.

For more information or to set up a time to tour the facility, please contact Dawn Bowen at 615-707-2513 and  If you need to FAX something, you can do so at 615-261-0277.

There will not be a Dentist on staff providing treatment and we do not practice on patients during this course.  If you are seeking dental treatment please contact your local dental office.

Disclosure on the transferability of credits shall be as follows in Tennessee:

Credits earned at the Dental Staff School may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by the Dental Staff School. You should obtain confirmation that the Dental Staff School will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at the Dental Staff School to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at the Dental Staff School prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from the Dental Staff School to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at the Dental Staff School if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of the Dental Staff School and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at the Dental Staff School before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

The Dental Staff School is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.  The Dental Staff School is a special purpose institution. That purpose of the Dental Staff School strives to offer a highly efficient and thorough dental assistant course that prepares students the skills necessary to perform the duties required of a dental assistant. Our aim is to provide effective, affordable training that is educational, practical, and convenient, presented in a student directed format. This purpose does not include preparing students for further college study. Students should be aware that transfer of credit is always the responsibility of the receiving institution. Whether or not credits transfer is solely up to the receiving institution. Any student interested in transferring credit hours should check with the receiving institution directly to determine to what extent, if any, credit hours can be transferred.