Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has five dental schools within its city limits. Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 644. It is the 2006th highest ranked school in the USA and the 46th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Dental students from Nashville schools who go on to become dentists, orthodontists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 86,270 people working as dentists, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $156,850. 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 790 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $57,390. Dentists, general in this area earn $158,200/yr and there are 190 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.260 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by dentists, general, and 1.101/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 5 dental schools in Nashville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Draughons Junior College Inc comes out as the most expensive ($24,222/yr) for dental students, with Tennessee State University as the lowest, reported at only $8,483/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|