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Dental Technology Degree Programs in New York City

There are two schools within two miles of downtown New York City that offer dental technology educational options. Read an overview of these schools' program requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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New York City Dental Technology Programs

Though the number of dental technology programs is limited in the New York City area, interested students have options through two schools less than 10 minutes from the heart of downtown. This article looks at two schools that offer several types of dental technology training programs and courses. There is also a table of information about these institutions, such as size, costs and graduation rates, that may help individuals who are looking for a school.

  • New York University, only a mile from the city center, offers course and advanced program options for students with dental technology backgrounds.
  • The City University of New York (CUNY) New York City College of Technology, about two miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree program in dental laboratory technology for undergraduate students looking to focus on restorative dentistry.

New York University (NYU)

NYU's College of Dentistry offers a variety of courses, programs and training options for students, as well as for professionals interested in continuing their education in the dental field. Students can take advantage of the school's tutoring and guidance programs in order to get the most out of their schooling.

Master Dental Technologist Course

New York University offers the master dental technologist course of study in association with the American Society of Master Dental Technologists. Made up of 18 sessions, students have the opportunity to experience hands-on practice in lab settings. They also attend lectures covering topics such as anatomy and physiology, mouth rehabilitation, dentures and implantology. The course is designed for dental technologists who want to supplement their knowledge and skills.

Linhart Continuing Dental Education

NYU offers dental courses through Linhart Continuing Dental Education to dental professionals who wish to develop their skills in a particular clinical area. They can choose from a variety of class subjects, including full-mouth reconstruction, advanced aesthetics and implantology. The courses vary in length and may include the opportunity to work with actual patients.

Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics

The prosthodontics program gives students the opportunity to experience extensive clinical practice, which takes up approximately 55% of the 3-year program. Students also have the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate pupils. Required courses for the program include oral medicine and pathology, oral physiology and occlusion, removable partial dentures and complete dentures. Graduates can go on to clinical careers, or careers in teaching or research.

CUNY New York City College of Technology

Students must meet minimum exam scores in order to be placed into the program. A manual coordination assessment test will also be given. In order to complete the associate's degree program, students are required to complete all program requirements, with a minimum 'C' grade in certain curriculum courses.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Laboratory Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Laboratory Technology program consists of 64 credit hours. Required courses for the degree include complete dentures, tooth morphology, fixed prosthodontics, orthodontics and restorative dental ceramics. Students can complete the program in approximately 4 semesters. Graduates can move on to bachelor's degree programs at CUNY New York City College of Technology or begin working in the dental technology field.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals looking for a school for their dental technology training must consider many factors. This table offers a side-by-side look at important aspects about these two schools, making it easy for prospective students to compare them.

New York University CUNY New York City College of Technology
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year (mostly associate's); public
Total Enrollment (2011) 43,911* 15,961*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $41,606* $5,469*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 60%* 84%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 32%* 77%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2010-Fall 2011) 92% full-time, 50% part-time* 74% full-time, 67% part-time*
Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2005) 87%* 15% (39% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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