The objective of the Interfaith Dental Assistant program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, patient-centered approach, and work habits required for a position in a dental office.
The program length is 960 clock hours distributed over a 32-week period. The Tennessee Board of Dentistry has approved this training. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded a diploma.
The program is organized into two phases. Students will have hands-on, live-patient experience throughout their time of study – starting the first week of the program! The clinical rotations that provide this training and live-patient experience take place at both the Nashville and Murfreesboro clinical sites.
• Phase I runs for 16 weeks:
o Four days/week (7 hours/day): Didactic/classroom instruction with hands-on learning labs to take place where indicated at Murfreesboro school location (210 Robert Rose Dr., Suite 2)
o At least half day to full day each week (working alongside a Clinical Educator): Clinical rotation with assignments at BOTH Interfaith Dental Clinic locations (600 Hill Avenue, Nashville and Murfreesboro)
• Phase II follows for an additional 16 weeks:
o Four days/week (7 hours/day): Clinical rotations with assignments at BOTH Interfaith Dental Clinic locations (Nashville and Murfreesboro)
Sterilization (working alongside an Educator RDA)
Patient care in the clinic (working alongside Educator RDAs)
Patient care in oral surgery – at least two weeks of concentrated focus (working in Nashville clinic 1:1 alongside Educator RDA)
Dental hygiene and behavioral counseling
o At least half day to full day each week (4 hours): Review/testing at our Murfreesboro school location
Students will learn the comprehensive duties of a dental assistant by acquiring the skills of reception/front desk tasks; chair-side assisting; laboratory skills; infection control; and equipment management. These skills will be enhanced by meeting program objectives and serving patients through clinical rotations.
In addition to the core curriculum, dental assistant students will participate in Interfaith’s board-approved courses on Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Sealant Application at no additional expense (part of the tuition!). Likewise, graduates of the Interfaith Dental Assistant program are also entitled to take part in Interfaith’s board-approved Coronal Polishing course upon licensure by the TN Board of Dentistry. That’s three expanded function courses included with the cost of program tuition!