Dental Lab Technician

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Kristina Merriman, CDT, TE
Instructor
253.680.7312

Robert Criss, CDT, M.Ed
Instructor
253.680.7313 

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor
253.680.7010

To schedule an appointment, please call 253.680.7002.

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Please attend the mandatory information session.

Entry points: Fall and Spring Quarters

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. Students must take and satisfactorily complete a 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.

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Curriculum

Program Length: Eight quarters (approximate)

Associate in Applied Science Degree: 115 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations          5
100+ Level Communications  5
100+ Level Mathematics                                                  5
    
REQUIRED COURSEWORK  
DENLB 101 Introduction to Dental Lab Technology 2
DENLB 102 Dental Anatomy I 3
DENLB 103 Dental Materials I 3
DENLB 104 Denture Processes I 4
DENLB 105 Denture Processes II 4
DENLB 106 Dental Anatomy II 2
DENLB 107 Denture Processes III 4
DENLB 108 Denture Processes IV 3
DENLB 110 Introduction to Orthodontics 3
DENLB 111 Orthodontic Appliances - Fixed 3
DENLB 112 Orthodontic Appliances - Removable 3
DENLB 120 Removable Partial Dentures I 3
DENLB 121 Removable Partial Dentures II 3
DENLB 122 Removable Partial Dentures III 4
DENLB 123 Removable Partial Dentures IV 3
DENLB 124 Advanced Dentures 3
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DENLB 125 Advanced Orthodontics 3
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DENLB 126 Advanced Removable Partial Dentures 3
DENLB 201 Tooth Morphology Practicum 5
DENLB 202 Dental Materials II 2
DENLB 203 Fixed Prosthodontics I 5
DENLB 204 Principles of Occlusion 2
DENLB 205 Fixed Prosthodontics II 5
DENLB 206 Ceramics I 2
DENLB 207 Understructure Design 5
DENLB 208 Ethics, Jurisprudence & Laboratory Management 3
DENLB 209 Ceramics II 5
DENLB 211 Ceramics III 4
DENLB 212 Computer Aided Design/CAD-CAM Manufacturing 5
DENLB 213 Advanced Technologies  4
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DENLB 214 Advanced Crown & Bridge 3
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DENLB 215 Advanced Dental Ceramics 3
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DENLB 296 Work-based Learning Seminar  and 1
DENLB 297 Work-based Learning Experience 3
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DENLB 298 Work-based Learning Experience - No seminar 4

Certificate of Competency: 62 Credits

Dental Lab Technician 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
90+ Level Human Relations 5
90+ Level Communications 5
90+ Level Mathematics 5
    
REQUIRED COURSEWORK  
DENLB 101 Introduction to Dental Lab Technology 2
DENLB 102 Dental Anatomy I 3
DENLB 103 Dental Materials I 3
DENLB 104 Denture Processes I 4
DENLB 105 Denture Processes II 4
DENLB 106 Dental Anatomy II 2
DENLB 107 Denture Processes III 4
DENLB 108 Denture Processes IV 3
DENLB 110 Introduction to Orthodontics 3
DENLB 111 Orthodontic Appliances - Fixed 3
DENLB 112 Orthodontic Appliances - Removable 3
DENLB 120 Removable Partial Dentures I 3
DENLB 121 Removable Partial Dentures II 3
DENLB 122 Removable Partial Dentures III 4
DENLB 123 Removable Partial Dentures IV 3


Accreditation

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is the link to file comments and/or complaints [pdf] with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) about the program in relation to Accreditation Standards. To view CODA Dental Accreditation standards please go to Standards for Allied Dental Education Programs.