List of Dental Lab Tech Schools in the U.S.

Dental laboratory technicians and technologists usually get their training at 2-year trade schools and community or vocational colleges. Dental lab technicians learn how to make dentures, crowns, bridges and other oral appliances while studying in this field.

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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.

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