PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: The Dental Assisting Diploma Program is designed to provide the dental profession with well-educated, highly-skilled chair side assistants. The primary function of the dental assistant is to assist the dentist at chair side in all phases and procedures of dental operations and treatment. The curriculum includes clinical instruction in dental assisting with chair side and laboratory procedures, adjunctive patient care infection control, and dental office management, infection control, and patient education. To prepare well rounded students for the dental office, this program includes administrative duties for the front office including: billing and insurance, telephone techniques, proper communication, and dental law and ethics. With the clinical skills obtained, students will be well equipped for a variety of dental settings such as private dental offices, hospital dental departments, state and local public health departments, and dental insurance offices.