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 (2015-2016)*|
|Bates Technical College||Tacoma, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,681 in-state, $8,676 out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate||$1,974 in-state, $8,610 out-of-state|
|Mountwest Community and Technical College||Huntington, WV||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,816 in-state, $10,776 out-of-state|
|Durham Technical College||Durham, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,840 in-state, $6,388 out-of-state|
|Los Angeles City College||Los Angeles, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,220 in-state, $6,810 out-of-state|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,360 in-state, $6,286 out-of-state|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,194 in-state, $5,034 out-of-state|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,189 in-state, $9,784 out-of-state|
|Pasadena City College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,153 in-state, $6,180 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.