About Us


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. Dental Assisting careers are expected to be among the faster growing occupations through 2030.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Dental Assistants is expected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations

Most Dental Assistants work 4 days per week and don’t work evenings, holidays or weekends. The starting pay scale for trained and/or experienced dental assistants is considerably higher than non-trained / non-experienced. 

As a student, you should plan on at least 10-12 hours of reading/homework/online activities 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 29 years in addition to her administrative experience with the Dental Staff School of Tennessee. She has taught and trained dental assistants since 2010.

Email:  dawn@dentalstaffschooltn.com

CATHY CAMPBELL, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

SHERRY DENTON, RDA, EFDA;  Clinical Instructor

CIARA DUDLEY, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

SUZAN FELTY-MEALER, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

PAM FOSTER, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

HOLLY THORNTON, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

JULI WATSON, RDA, EFDA; Didactic / Clinical Instructor

DAN BOWEN; Graduate of Ohio University with more than 30 years experience in product and personnel management.

Tennessee Higher Education Commissionwww.tn.gov/thec;  Our school is listed under Postsecondary Schools as Dental Staff School of Tennessee.

Dental Staff School of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, mental or physical activity, veteran status or national origin in educational and employment opportunities.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon written request to individuals with disabilities.  Dental Staff School of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any inquiries and/or complaints should be directed to School President Dawn Bowen, Dental Staff School of Tennessee, 130 Seaboard Lane, Suite A-1, Franklin, TN, 37067.