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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Tennessee

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Practical Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
  • Registered Dental Assistant qualified to perform extended functions

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Title: Practical Dental Assistant

  • 18-years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Complete application to Tennessee board

Registered Dental Assistant Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

  • 18-years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Current CPR certification
  • Complete application to Tennessee board

Registered Dental Assistant Qualified to Perform Extended Functions Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant qualified to perform extended functions

  • Must have certifications in each of the following areas they plan to work with:
  • Coronal polishing procedures
  • Apply sealants
  • Monitor nitrous oxide
  • Perform restorative and/or prosthetic functions

Radiography Requirements

  • Possession of Registered dental assistant certificate
  • Completion of board-approved dental radiology course
  • Radiology certificate certified by the state
  • Completion of comparable course provided it is approved the board

Dental Assistant Salary in Tennessee

Lowest Salary $23,240
Median Salary $33,050
Highest Salary $44,440
Average Salary $33,160

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Knoxville, TN
Lowest Salary $24,620
Median Salary $35,110
Highest Salary $45,410
Average Salary $34,790

Memphis, TN
Lowest Salary $23,200
Median Salary $32,340
Highest Salary $45,050
Average Salary $33,290

* Figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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