Basic dental lab training typically takes two or three semesters and awards a certificate. Longer programs, usually two years or five semesters, cover dental lab techniques in more depth and award the Associate of Applied Science.
Dental Lab Tech Schools
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||2015-2016 Tuition*|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||$1,974 (in-state)|
|Pasadena City College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||$1,152 (in-state)|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||$3,766 (in-state)|
|San Antonio College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||$2,088 (in-district), $5,550 (in-state)|
|Wayne County Community College District||Detroit, MI||2-year, Public||$2,813 (in-district), $3,080 (in-state)|
|Diablo Valley College||Pleasant Hill, CA||2-year, Public||$1,298 (in-state)|
|Los Angeles City College||Los Angeles, CA||2-year, Public||$1,220 (in-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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College Selection Criteria
When looking for a program there are a number of things to keep in mind, including the following:
- Look for a program that prepares students for the National Board for Certification in Dental Lab Technology exam.
- Extensive labs are part of dental laboratory technology programs, but some schools offer evening or weekend options, which may benefit working students.
- Search for schools that offer internship opportunities, which give students applied practice in dental lab technology.
- Students who may eventually continue on to a 4-year degree should pursue an associate's degree rather than a certificate, since an associate's program includes not only dental lab courses, but also general education courses that can be transferred.
Aspiring dental lab technicians may find a number of training programs scattered across the country. When looking for a program, students need to consider what their career goals are in addition to the location of the school and the cost of attendance.