Students in Austin wanting to pursue post-doctoral courses in advanced dental disciplines should be aware that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the closest school to Austin that offers a DDS program, as well as advanced dental studies. The campus is located about 50 miles southwest of Austin, and offers programs ranging from AEGD to Pediatric Dentistry. The university also administers externships, fellowships and residency programs in the areas of General Practice, Orthodontics, Dental Public Health and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dentistry students in Austin can also consider the dental hygienist program offered by Austin Community College which allows candidates to earn an associate of applied science degree. Students just outside of Austin can investigate other options for a dental education, such as the dental hygiene curriculum in Temple, 50 miles north of Austin, at Temple College and the dental assisting program at San Antonio College for students wanting to earn their associate of applied science degree. Students in Austin starting out to become dental assistants can consider such a program at the National Institute of Technology which also provides students with career planning and placement assistance upon graduation. Dental students in the Austin area will have ample opportunities for employment upon completion of their studies.