Dental Laboratory Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Dental lab technicians make dentures, crowns, bridges and other oral appliances. Dental laboratory technicians and technologists usually get their training at 2-year trade schools and community or vocational colleges.

To work as a dental lab technician, students can gain the necessary training through certificate or associate's degrees. In these programs, students will learn the duties of a dental lab technician, such as reading and understanding orthodontic images, dental prescriptions and oral impressions.

9 Schools with Dental Laboratory Programs

Below are nine schools that have programs suitable for students interested in becoming dental lab technicians with their undergraduate fee rates for the 2015-2016 academic year:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate $1,974 in-state, $8,610 out-of-state
Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $1,152 in-state, $6,180 out-of-state
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state
Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $2,813 in-district, $3,080 in-state, $3,807 out-of-state
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $1,220 in-state, $6,810 out-of-state
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Public Associate's $6,669 in-state, $13,779 out-of-state
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN 4-year, Public Associate's $8,080 in-state, $19,408 out-of-state
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4-year, Public Associate's $10,014 in-state, $19,998 out-of-state
Erie Community College Williamsville, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $5,189 in-state, $9,784 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for dental laboratory schools:

  • The length of a program may affect a student's choices - associate's degree programs take longer to complete than certificate programs, but have the advantage of business courses and more in-depth study.
  • Choosing the right college or school for dental laboratory studies involves looking at the curriculum to be sure appropriate subjects are covered; useful topics include how the mouth and jaw work; creating, measuring and testing dental appliances for proper occlusion and function; and working with metal, porcelain, composites and other materials to build oral appliances.
  • Practical opportunities and resources for further learning may factor into a student's decision, as some colleges have internship opportunities as well as evening or weekend class options.

Before applying to a dental laboratory school, be sure to check out the curriculum offered to ensure that it meets the educational requirements to become a dental laboratory technician. Programs in this field are offered at many schools, generally in the form of certificate programs that take just a couple of semesters to complete.

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