A full-mouth x-ray shows how teeth are aligned and, in this example, the location of existing fillings and crowns. They show up us as the brightest white areas. Note also how deep the teeth roots are embedded in the jaw.

Vol State offers a 12-month technical certificate program that includes classroom and clinical instruction. The goals are to prepare students to work in the field and qualify for national and state examinations. To prepare, students should take high school classes in biology, chemistry, health and office practices. Applicants need to submit their high school transcripts or G.E.D. scores, ACT or SAT scores if they are less than 21 years old, plus an application to Volunteer State and an application to Allied Health Careers.

The one-year certificate program at VolState includes classes in dental science, dental x-rays, office management, materials and labor procedures, and working with patients who have serious health problems. Many classes involve both lectures and lab hours.

Clinical training on campus and in dentists’ offices give students real work experience and make graduates attractive job candidates. Vol State has clinical agreements with dozens of dental practioners throughout Middle Tennessee. By the time students finish the program, they’ll have had nearly 400 hours of clinical work.

Take a look at Volunteer State’s Dental Assistant Program.

Download the Dental Assisting Program Information Packet

Apply for the program

The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Accreditation is a process that makes sure college programs meet uniform, professional standards.