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Overview

At Remington College – Nashville, we don’t waste your time with fluff. As a student in our Nashville dental assisting school program, you’ll begin working in the lab during your very first module. From the beginning of your education with us, you’ll learn key technical skills, such as how to process and develop radiographs.

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Classes here are hands-on: Our dental lab is divided into three different workstations and is set up to simulate a real dental office, complete with patient chair, dentist chair, dental assistant chair, computer, dentist unit, and dental assistant unit.

The lab also features:

  • An automatic daylight loader for X-ray production.
  • Digital radiology.
  • A panoramic X-ray unit.
  • Three model trimmers.

As a Nashville Dental Assisting student, you may enjoy the opportunity to engage in an externship if you qualify, giving you the chance to learn in an actual dental office setting.(2)

Many of our students have told us they love working with actual patients, learning new ideas from experienced dental assistants, and working with dentists. In fact, some of our past students have been hired by Nashville-area dental assisting offices straight out of their externships.(1,2)

Upon completing the program, you’ll be certified in dental radiology. The Tennessee Board of Dentistry requires all registered dental assistants to have that certification, so you’ll already have that out of the way.

You’ll also need to apply to become a Registered Dental Assistant, and Remington College covers that fee! Our Nashville Campus also provides continuing education courses in dental assisting that are offered at no extra charge for our graduates.

(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. Additional requirements for licensure and/or certification may apply.
(2)Must meet minimum GPA requirements to qualify for externship.

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Community Involvement

Working with the community lets our students give back and enhance their skills. Students in our Nashville Dental Assistant training program have ample opportunities to make community connections.

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  • Guest Speakers:Our students have met with speakers from Crest, Sonicare, Hu-Friedy, Nashville Cares, Heartland Dental, and Interfaith Dental Clinic. These speakers have given our students valuable insight about product knowledge, patient care, dentist expectations, and employability skills.
  • Networking and Social Events:Students are encouraged to join the American Dental Assisting Association (ADAA), a nationally recognized organization that provides students with dental assisting newsletters and even offers scholarships to those who qualify.
  • Campus Support Services:We offer tutoring from our program instructors and from student mentors.
  • Community Involvement: Remington College gives back, and dental assisting students at our Nashville Campus have helped the local community safeguard local children by creating “toothprints.” Since dental imprints are as unique as fingerprints, capturing a child’s toothprint can help with identification and even scent-dog tracking (because of the saliva). Safe Smiles is one of many community activities that you as a Remington College Dental Assisting student can participate in to get to know locals and practice your skills.

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Facilities

Beautiful trees and manicured landscaping lead to our college in Nashville, TN, where you’ll be welcomed by friendly staff members ready to answer your questions and offer personalized care in a supportive environment.

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Since November 2003, our college in Nashville has offered hands-on training to Davidson County residents in a modern academic setting and we’re committed to making your educational journey a positive, memorable, even life-changing experience.

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Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PROGRAM DETAILS

Course List
Course # Course Name Lecture Hrs Lab Hrs Externship Qtr Credit Hrs
CD203 Career Development Fundamentals 20 0 0 1.00
CD204 Career Development Principles 20 0 0 1.00
DA112 Basic Body Systems and Functions 60 0 0 4.00
DA113
Orientation to Dental Assisting
10 10 0 1.00
DA122
Oral Anatomy
40 0 0 2.50
DA123
Oral Radiology Basics
40 0 0 2.50
DA132
Chairside Assisting I
30 30 0 3.50
DA133
Dental Office Emergencies
10 10 0 1.00
DA142
Dental Science I
20 20 0 2.50
DA143
Dental Materials I
20 20 0 2.50
DA153
Computer and Office Applications
30 30 0 3.50
DA162
Dental Science II
20 20 0 2.50
DA163
Dental Materials II
20 20 0 2.50
DA173
Clinical Oral Radiology
10 10 0 1.00
DA174
Chairside Assisting II
12 28 0 2.00
DA186
Externship
0 0 180 6.00
Total 362 198 160 39
Program Summary

The Dental Assisting Diploma Program provides training in procedures performed while assisting dentists. Such procedures may include placing retraction cords and dental dams, along with patient education, for example.

The objective of this Program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as dental assistants.

Program completion normally requires eight months for full-time students (assuming the externship is completed at 40 hours per week).

The Dental Assisting Diploma Program is divided into seven monthly academic periods and one externship period. Students must successfully complete the academic periods with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible to participate in the externship period.

Each state has a dental practice act that governs the duties dental assistants can perform. Many states require dental assistants to pass either the DANB or a state exam and be registered.*  This process includes a background check.

Upon successful completion of all areas of this Program, graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Dental Assisting.

 

*In the state of Tennessee, an employee in a “practical dental assistant” role can perform front-office management, infection control, and basic non-invasive clinical procedures without a specific registration credential. However, if a graduate of this program wishes to obtain state radiography certification and use all of the clinical skills offered in the program, he or she must register with the State of Tennessee’s Dental Board.

 

Dental Assisting Certifications

Earning a dental assisting certification may make a difference in your job search and career prospects after graduation.(1)

In fact, certain states require dental assistants to earn additional credentials or certifications beyond their educational training.(2) Job candidates must also have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).(2) Whether it’s state or national credentials, Remington College strongly recommends that graduates of our Dental Assisting diploma program pursue certifications that may help open more doors to employment.

Dental Assistant Certificates Available

Remington College encourages all Dental Assistant students to take their certification exam once they complete our program, and we can cover your entire examination fee for your first attempt!(3) And not only that, but CPR certification is built into our core Dental Assisting coursework.

Below are the main certification options available to our Dental Assistant students. If a student decides to pursue more than one certification or requires a retest, the student is responsible for payment and registration for each additional certification and exam.

 

Tennessee Dental Assistant Students

For our Nashville Dental Assistant students, we cover the cost of our students’ first attempt on both the Dental Assistant Registration and Dental Radiology Certification from the Tennessee Board of Dentistry.(3)

The Tennessee Board of Dentistry’s mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as dentists, dental hygienists, or dental assistants within the state to be qualified.(6)

Learn more about the Tennessee Board of Dentistry here: http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Dentistry/index.htm.

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(1) Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.

ACCREDITED LEARNING INSTITUTION

Remington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

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