The Dental Assistant program prepares students for an entry level position as a Dental Assistant, x-ray technician, sterilization technician, front office staff or chariside assisting. Skills taught include dental anatomy and physiology, histology and tooth morphology, dental pharmacology, chair side assisting, dental specialties and restorative techniques, radiography, dental imaging, matrix and wedge, suture removal and ethical and legal consideration of dental assisting. Students learn dental front office skills including insurance billing, scheduling patients, and maintaining records and patient confidentiality. The total clock hours in this program includes in-class instruction (640), out-of-class activities incorporating readings, written assignments, and research, and the externship (160) hours. Upon successful completion of the program, (including all academic, attendance, and financial requirements) students receive a Dental Assistant diploma. Graduation from this program does not automatically qualify all individuals for Dental Assistant licensing.