Tennessee contains 21 schools that offer dental assistant programs. The University of Tennessee, the highest-ranking dental assistant school in TN, has a total student population of 29,934 and is the 932nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 21 dental assistant schools in Tennessee, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Draughons Junior College comes out as the most expensive ($26,443/yr), with Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville as the lowest recorded at only $3,768/yr.
Dental Assistant students from Tennessee schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tennessee alone, there are 3,130 employed dental hygienists earning an average yearly salary of $58,830. Dental assistants in this state earn $31,690/yr and there are 5,430 employed.
Also, within the dental assistant schools in Tennessee, the average student population is 2,002 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from dental assistant, there are 4116 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,154 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,032, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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