Aspiring denture technicians can find dental technology programs at community colleges and technical schools. These are undergraduate programs that can be completed in two years or less.
10 Schools with Denture Technician Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Bates Technical College||Tacoma, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$5,391 in-state, $10,889 out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$4,340 in-state, $9,200 out-of-state|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,142 in-state, $7,458 out-of-state|
|Mountwest Community and Technical College||Huntington, WV||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$4,020 in-state, $10,224 out-of-state|
|Durham Technical College||Durham, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,958 in-state, $6,566 out-of-state|
|Los Angeles City College||Los Angeles, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,220 in-state, $7,746 out-of-state|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,589 in-state, $6,602 out-of-state|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,832 in-state, $6,120 out-of-state|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,575 in-state, $10,141 out-of-state|
|Pasadena City College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,166 in-state, $7,548 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when selecting a denture technician school:
- Aspiring denture technicians are encouraged to enroll in programs with educational tracks that focus on denture procedures.
- Students may have the opportunity to choose between studies in partial or complete dentures, depending on the program.
- Prospective students may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the National Board for Certification (NBC) in Dental Laboratory Technology's specialty exams for complete dentures and partial dentures, leading to the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) designation.
- It can be helpful to look into the school's laboratory and clinical training facilities in order to ensure that graduates gain experience with industry-standard dental equipment, especially as it relates to denture work.
Certificate for Denture Technicians
Certificate programs for dental laboratory technicians may be completed in 1-2 years and can qualify students for employment fitting and creating dentures. Some programs provide broad training in dental technology, while others prepare students specifically for one of the NBC's six specialty exams, including complete and partial dentures. Other coursework may include dental anatomy, dental technology and laboratory experiences. Clinical experiences may be required.
Associate Degree for Denture Technicians
Associate degree programs for dental laboratory technicians can be completed in two years and commonly train students in the responsibilities of dental technicians, including denture techniques. Clinical experiences are typically required. In addition, students must fulfill general education requirements.
Aspiring denture technicians can get the training they need for entry-level jobs and NBC certification through undergraduate certificate and associate's degree programs. It is important to consider specialty options and school facilities when choosing between programs.