Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliary 2012

Limited Attendance Courses

  • Restorative Course Dates: Option A: January/February/March 2012; Option B: August/September/October Nashville
  • Prosthetic Course Dates: April/May 2012
  • Location: Memphis - Restorative Option A & Prosthetic - Restorative Option B location Nashville
  • Course hours: 8 AM to 5 PM each day with one hour for lunch on your own
  • CE credit: Restorative Course - 96 hours / Prosthetic Course - 64 hours
  • Course Presenter: Dr. Morris Robbins
  • Course Application Form Link to Acrobat file


Memphis courses take place on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5.

Memphis Hotels

  • DoubleTree, 185 Union Avenue, (901) 528-1800
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1180 Union Avenue, (901) 276-1175
  • Crowne Plaza Memphis, 300 N. Second Street, (901) 525-1800
  • Marriott Downtown, 205 N. Main Street, (901) 527-7300

Due to events already scheduled in Memphis which will limit availability of sleeping rooms, please reserve your hotel well in advance of the course. Ask for the UT rate when making reservations.


Nashville courses will be held in the MeHarry Medical College School of Dentistry located at 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. in Nashville, TN. The building is located at the corner of D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd. and MeHarry Blvd. There is a pay parking garage (Central Parking) located next to the building. Free parking is also available on one side of the street - but at times it may be hard to obtain a spot. You will be met inside the building and directed to the clinic.

Nashville Hotels

Please reserve a hotel for your stay in Nashville early since there are numerous events that are planned in the city. MeHarry Medical College has suggested you contact:

  • Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN (615) 259-4343
  • Holiday Inn West End, 2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 327-4707
    **Ask for the MeHarry rate when making reservations**
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 2330 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN (615) 320-6060

Admission Requirements

According to the rules of the Tennessee Board of Dentistry 0460-04-.10 eligibility for this course includes:

Licensed dental hygienists and registered dental assistants who are currently licensed with the Tennessee Board of Dentistry and have a minimum of two (2) years of continuous full time employment within the past three (3) years in a dental practice as a dental assistant are eligible for admission to a Board approved certification course in restorative and/or prosthetic functions. A registered dental assistant must apply for and complete a Board approved certification course in restorative or prosthetic functions and obtain the appropriate certification, issued by the Board, before he/she can perform expanded restorative or prosthetic functions on any patient.

Application and $500 deposit is due 8 weeks prior to start of course with final payment due 30 days prior to start of course.

Courses Offered

Certification is offered in both restorative and prosthetic functions. These are two separate courses, resulting in two different certifications.


The restorative course consists of 96 hours broken into three weekly sessions at 32 hours per week. Participants will have 3-4 weeks off between sessions. These breaks allow for auxiliaries to decrease the amount of continuous time away from their families and job responsibilities and also provide the opportunity to complete required assignments between sessions.

Participants in each course must attend all sessions for their respective course.


The prosthetic course consists of 64 hours broken into two weekly sessions at 32 hours per week. Participants will be provided with a 3-4 week break between the two sessions.

Participants in each course must attend all sessions for their respective course.


Upon successful completion of the restorative or prosthetic course, the Tennessee Board of Dentistry will issue the appropriate certification to successful candidates. Once certified in restorative functions, the assistant or hygienist may perform placement of amalgam, composite resin and glass ionomer restorations in teeth previously prepared by a licensed dentist. Upon certification in prosthetic functions, auxiliaries will be allowed to pack retraction cord, obtain final impressions for fixed and removable procedures, as well as fabricate and seat provisional restorations. All of these procedures must be accomplished under the direct supervision and full responsibility of a licensed dentist in the State of Tennessee.

In order to successfully complete certification, participants will be required to pass written exams covering the lecture material as well as laboratory demonstration of competency in the respective areas.

Restorative Course

Lectures will be presented on the following subjects: morphology, occlusion, dental materials, instrumentation, basic principles of preparation, isolation, selection and placement of matricies, liners and bases, and the insertion and finishing of amalgam, composite resin and glass ionomer restoratives.

The majority of course time will be devoted to laboratory sessions in which the participants will insert and finish Class I, II, III, IV and V intracoronal restorations.

Participants may select one of the following course options:

Option A (2012) Memphis, TN

  • January 23-26
  • February 20-21
  • March 19-22

Option B (2012) Nashville, TN

  • August 14-17
  • September 11-14
  • October 9-12

Please note: Nashville dates are Tuesday - Friday.


  • Tuition for Restorative Certification Course Option A (Memphis) is $3,775.00 per attendee.
  • Tuition for Restorative Certification Course Option B (Nashville) is $4,475.00 per attendee.

Prosthetic Course

Lectures will be presented on the following subjects: anatomy and physiology, soft tissue management, gingival retraction, occlusion, tray selection, fabrication of custom impression trays, final impressions for fixed and removable prosthetic appliances, and fabrication and placement of provisional restorations.

Laboratory sessions will be primarily devoted to fabrication of custom trays, tissue retraction, final impressions for various prostheses, and fabrication of provisional restorations of various fixed prosthetic needs.

The next Prosthetic Course is scheduled for April 16-19 & April 30-May 3, 2012


Tuition for Prosthetic Certification Course is $2,775.00 per attendee.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for Restorative Course - 96 hours / Prosthetic Course - 64 hours continuing education credits.