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Dental Technology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Jan 02, 2019

Dental technology programs prepare students to work as dental technicians. Schools offer these programs as both certificates and associate degrees. Read on to learn about your options for studying dental technology.

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Dental technology programs are available at community colleges and technical schools. These programs prepare students to work in dental practices as dental technicians.

Schools with Dental Technology Programs

These schools have dental technology programs that may include both classroom and laboratory work.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,681 in-state, $8,676 out-of-state
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,298 in-state, $7,542 out-of-state
Florida National University-Main Campus Hialeah, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit Diploma, Associate's $13,250
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 4-year, Public Associate's $6,784 in-state, $20,182 out-of-state
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $2,088 $5,550 in-district, $5,550 in-state, $10,740 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing a dental technology program:

  • Students should take into the consideration the amount of time they have available to dedicate to their studies. Certificate programs usually take around a year to complete, while associate's degrees can be completed in two years.
  • Students should choose a program that is accredited by the National Board for Certification of Dental Technicians, especially if they plan to sit for exams.
  • Students may find business courses are helpful if they would like to start your own venture in the field of dental technology.
  • Some programs require students to fulfill prerequisites, such as passing a wax-carving test.

Dental Technology Program Overviews

Certificate in Dental Technology

Certificate programs in dental technology train students to make dentures, bridges, caps and a variety of other dental prosthetics. Some schools may offer certificate programs specific to one of these techniques.

Associate of Science in Dental Technology

An Associate of Science in Dental Technology will equip a student to work in dental labs and dentists' offices. These 2-year programs consist of classroom and laboratory dental technology training.

A dental technology program teaches students how to make dental prosthetics, and graduates may work in dental labs and dentist offices. Students should choose accredited programs, and might consider programs that offer business courses if they intend to start their own business venture.

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