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.

How to Select a Dental Laboratory School

A dental lab technician reads and understands orthodontics, dental prescriptions and oral impressions. Basic dental lab training typically takes two or three semesters and awards a certificate.

Consider the following when looking for dental laboratory schools:

  • Longer programs, usually two years or five semesters, add small business courses or more depth and award an associate's degree.
  • 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.
  • Some colleges have internship opportunities as well as evening or weekend class options.

10 Schools with Dental Laboratory Programs

College/University Institution Type
Riverside Community College 2-year, Public
Pima Community College 2-year, Public
Pasadena City College 2-year, Public
Portland Community College 2-year, Public
Wayne County Community College District 2-year, Public
Los Angeles City College 2-year, Public
CUNY New York City College of Technology 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne 4-year, Public
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans 4-year, Public
Erie Community College 2-year, Public

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