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.