The Dental Assistant (Short-Term) Technical Diploma prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental Assistants with documented skills also may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical and office duties. Graduates receive a technical diploma. Most Dental Assistants work in general or specialized dental offices, either for individual dentists or for groups of dentists. The Dental Assistant also may find employment with federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, United States Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county or city health facility.