Dental Lab Technician

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DT Campus

Kristina Merriman, CDT, TE
Instructor
253.680.7312

Robert Criss, CDT, M.Ed
Instructor
253.680.7313 

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor
253.680.7010

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dental Lab TechnicianPlease attend the mandatory information session.

Students prepare for employment in dental laboratories, fabricating orthodontic appliances, complete and partial dentures, and gold or porcelain crowns and bridges. The curriculum complies with American Dental Association guidelines and is the only fully accredited ADA dental lab technician program in Washington State. Instructors of this program are certified dental technicians.

Prerequisites:

  1. A high school diploma or GED.
  2. Applicants must be fully ready to enter into general education courses. This entry requirement may be satisfied by providing the registrar with official transcripts showing completion of general education courses, or by satisfactory completion of placement tests that enable the student to enroll directly into required general education courses.
  3. Applicants must take and pass an evaluation of hand-eye coordination techniques and demonstrate their ability to visualize three-dimensional forms.
  4. If applicants do not pass the written visual and dexterity evaluation, they have the option to take a hands-on wax carving test to demonstrate their ability; applicants must satisfactorily complete the hands-on wax carving test.

Please note that lab coats are required at all times when you're in the laboratory, per program accreditation standards.

Program Length: Eight quarters (approximate)

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 120 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS

100+ Level Human Relations
100+ Level Communications
100+ Level Mathematics

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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS

DENLB 101 Introduction to Dental Lab Technology
DENLB 102 Health and Safety
DENLB 103 Dental Anatomy
DENLB 104 Dental Materials
DENLB 105 Dentures - Casts/Trays/Rims
DENLB 106 Denture Setup
DENLB 107 Denture Processes
DENLB 108 Immediate Dentures
DENLB 109 Denture Repair
DENLB 110 Esthetic Arrangement
DENLB 111 Introduction to Orthodontics
DENLB 112 Orthodontic Appliances - Fixed
DENLB 113 Orthodontic Appliances - Removable
DENLB 114 Introduction to Removable Prosthetic Devices (RPD)
DENLB 120 RPD Survey and Design
DENLB 121 Refractory Cast Production
DENLB 122 Wax Pattern Construction
DENLB 123 RPD Processes
DENLB 124 Frame Construction
DENLB 201 Plaster Carving
DENLB 202 Dental Materials II
DENLB 203 Coping Fabrication I
DENLB 204 Introduction to Gold Crowns
DENLB 205 Gold Crown Waxing
DENLB 206 Gold Crown Techniques
DENLB 207 Introduction to Porcelain
DENLB 208 Coping Fabrication II
DENLB 209 Stack Porcelain
DENLB 211 Porcelain Techniques
DENLB 212 Advanced Porcelain Techniques
DENLB 213 Advanced Technologies
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DENLB 296 Work-based Learning Seminar and
DENLB 297 Work-based Learning Experience
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DENLB 298 Work-based Learning Experience - No seminar
Students may chose one of the following (3 credits):
DENLB 125 Advanced Dentures or
DENLB 126 Advanced Orthodontics or
DENLB 127 Advanced RPDs
Students may chose one of the following (3 credits):
DENLB 214 Advanced Crown and Bridge or
DENLB 215 Advanced Dental Ceramics

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Certificate of Competency: 63 Credits
Dental Lab Tech

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS

90+ Level Human Relations
90+ Level Communications
90+ Level Mathematics

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DENLB 101 Introduction to Dental Lab Technology
DENLB 102 Health and Safety
DENLB 103 Dental Anatomy
DENLB 104 Dental Materials
DENLB 105 Dentures - Casts/Trays/Rims
DENLB 106 Denture Setup
DENLB 107 Denture Processes
DENLB 108 Immediate Dentures
DENLB 109 Denture Repair
DENLB 110 Esthetic Arrangement
DENLB 111 Introduction to Orthodontics
DENLB 112 Orthodontic Appliances - Fixed
DENLB 113 Orthodontic Appliances - Removable
DENLB 114 Introduction to Removable Prosthetic Devices (RPD)
DENLB 120 RPD Survey and Design
DENLB 121 Refractory Cast Production
DENLB 122 Wax Pattern Construction
DENLB 123 RPD Processes
DENLB 124 Frame Construction

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