Course Dates 2021

10-Week Saturday Course:   Februrary 13-April 17 • April 24-June 26 • July 17- September 25 • October 1-December 18
Meets Saturdays 7:00am–7:00pm | Holidays July 3, July 10, September 3 & November 27

10-Week Evening Course:   January 19-March 25 • April 6-June 10 • July 13-September 16 • September 28th – December 16
Meets T|W|Th, 5:30am–9:30pm | Holidays November 23,24 & 25

3-Week Course:   January 11-January 29 • February 8-February 26 • March 8-March 26 • April 5-April 23 • May 3-May21 • June 1-June 18 • July 6-July23 • August 2-August 20 • August 30-September 17 • September 27-October 15 • November 1-November 19 • November 29-December 17
Meets M|T|W|Th|F, 8am–5pm | Holidays January 18, May 31, July 5, & September 6

Dental Assisting Admissions
Students wishing to enroll in the Dental Assisting program must:
– Be 18 years of age or older, as required by the Tennessee State Board
– Have a high school diploma and a transcript or G.E.D.
– Be in good standing with no criminal record
– Be willing to work with patients while giving the best patient care possible

Course Information:

Dental Assisting
Instructor: Staff
Location: 1819 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Telephone: (615) 631-8440
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Extra lab practice is available Monday through Saturday. Please contact your instructor to schedule an appointment for extra lab practice.
Each course is comprised of 120 total hours, including 24 hours of radiology training as required by the State of Tennessee, as well as CPR certification.
Graduation Ceremony: TBD with class.

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to teach students what the basic requirements are needed, in conjunction with the state laws of Tennessee, to become a knowledgeable dental assistant who can be employed in the modern dental office. This includes teaching them to be proficient in all areas of taking and mounting patient x-rays. Upon successful completion of a final exam given by TNPTI, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from TNPTI. The documentation and license fee is then mailed by TNPTI to the State of TN Dental Board which will send the student a license with the designation of “Registered Dental Assistant.”


Learning Objectives

Over the course of each of our programs, students will learn:

• Four-handed dental assisting techniques

• Dental terminology and the Universal Numbering System

• How to sterilize dental instruments and equipment

• How to take impressions and pour patient models

• How to give patient post-op instructions and home care

• How to take notes in the patient’s chart

• How to take patient radiographs in compliance with the State of Tennessee’s requirements for certification

• How to write a resume and interview for a dental assisting position

• Personality types in the dental practice

• How to assist on composite and amalgam patient procedures

• How to assist on cleaning and exam procedures

• Identifying dental instruments

• Completing tray set ups

• How to assist on endodontic procedures

• How to assist on extraction procedures

• How to assist on Oral Surgery procedures

• Crown Preps

• Dental procedures & diagnosis

• Understanding American Dental Association codes

• Understanding insurance terminology

• How to take a patient’s blood pressure

• Medications used in a dental practice

• How to respond in case of a dental or medical emergency

• CPR certification


Instructional Materials

The $4,999.00 tuition includes a Dental Assisting Training Manual as well as dental materials and equipment.

Students are required to purchase their own set of scrubs (we recommend the purchase of black scrubs) and to purchase the book, Modern Dental Assisting, 10th Edition either in hard cover or soft cover.


Dental Assisting Attendance Requirement

The TN Professional Training Institute’s Dental Assisting Program is an accelerated program and we strongly encourage students to attend class meetings. However, each program has a predefined amount of time students are allowed to miss if they contact their instructor at least one day before the class, and students are required to reschedule a make-up day to review and practice missed materials. Students who miss more than the predefined amount of time will be dismissed and may be moved to the next session at the discretion of the instructor.

TNPTI offers its students the opportunity to have optional and flexible additional lab practice time, in addition to your class time hours, Monday to Sunday when discussed and arranged with your instructor; in advance.


Grading Policy

Students are required to maintain an 80% average to pass this course. If an 80% average is not maintained, students may have to repeat materials before completing the course. Students are encouraged to call or email to check the status of their grades.