Dental Staff School of Tennessee is a post-secondary career school offering hands-on, skill focused, dental career training. Our mission is to provide practical and affordable lifelong learning opportunities for dental health care professionals with educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, develop skills, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients. The philosophy of the Dental Staff School of Tennessee is based on a belief that people can be trained in a relatively short period of time provided there is focus on the critical skills necessary to enter the world of professional Dental Assisting. Our course is developed by experienced Dentists and experienced practicing Dental Assistants working in the dental community every day.
Choosing a career as a Dental Assistant is a smart decision, since entry-level dental professionals are very much in demand now. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, employment of Dental Assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020. In fact, Dental Assisting careers are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2022.
About half of Dental Assistants have a 35 to 40-hour work week, which may include work on Saturdays or evenings. The starting pay scale for experienced dental assistants is considerably higher than non-experienced. We are often asked what a graduate from our course should expect to make in their first job. The answer depends on where the office is located. Offices in a metropolitan area generally pay higher salaries than those in suburban areas. Graduates of our course can expect to start well above the pay scale of those without experience, but less than experienced assistants.
As a student, you should plan on at least 6-8 hours of homework each week. The Dental Staff School of Tennessee offers web-based learning support as well as a hands-on learning environment.
DAWN BOWEN, RDH; President / Instructor, and Dental Hygienist for more than 24 years in addition to her administrative experience with the Dental Staff School of Tennessee. She has taught and trained dental assistants since 2010.
CINDY CARLSEN, RDA; Clinical Instructor
PAM FOSTER, RDA; Clinical Instructor
BROOKE POWELL, RDA, RDH; Clinical Instructor
JULI WATSON, RDA, EDDA; Didactic / Clinical Instructor
YVONNE EVANS, RDA-BS-FADAA-MADAA; Administrative Assistant
DAN BOWEN; Graduate of Ohio University with more than 29 years experience in product and personnel management.
DR. CHAD FOLLIS, DDS; Dr. Chad Follis attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his undergraduate studies where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 1999. He started his own practice in 2000.
DR. DARBY FOLLIS, DDS; Dr. Darby Follis graduated summa cum laude from Arkansas Tech University and magna cum laude from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry. Darby previously practiced in Columbia, TN for 9 years prior to joining Chad in his Franklin office in 2008.
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, www.state.tn.us/thec; Our school is listed under Private Schools as Dental Staff School of Tennessee.