Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliary

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About The Presenter

Dr. Morris Robbins, a retired Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the UTHSC College of Dentistry, has been a faculty member at the University since 1963 after completing post graduate study in Pathology.

He is the UTHSC recipient of the UT National Alumni Public Service Award.

Dr. Robbins continues to serve the University on a part-time basis.

Limited Attendance Courses

  • Restorative Course Dates: March/April and August/September/October 2010
  • Location: Memphis – Restorative Option A & Prosthetic / Nashville – Restorative Option B
  • 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
  • NashvilleCourse Application Form
  • Memphis Course Application Form


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- U of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue, (901) 678-8200
  • 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**

Admission Requirements

Licensed dental hygienists and registered dental assistants who are currently licensed with the Tennessee Board of Dentistry and who submit proof of a minimum of two (2) years of full-time employment within the last three years in a dental practice as a licensed dental hygienist or registered dental assistant.

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 (2010) Memphis, TN

  • March 1-4
  • March 29-April 1
  • April 26-29

Option B (2010) Nashville, TN

  • August August 17-20
  • September 14-17
  • October 19-22

All 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 $4,175.00 per attendee.

Prosthetic Course

Lecture 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 January 11-14 & February 8-11, 2010. Prosthetic Course FULL


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.