program overview

dental laboratory technology

student looking closely at wax gum and teeth

* this program is financial aid eligible.
the dental laboratory technology curriculum prepares individuals in the art and science of fabricating dental restorations. the dental technician fabricates dentures, partials, metal or porcelain crowns, and bridges. technicians use specialized hand instruments and equipment and also work with various dental materials.

course work includes in-depth studies of fabrication techniques for both fixed and removable dental prostheses. the dental laboratory technology student will be exposed to classroom, laboratory, and clinical rotation training.

graduates may qualify to take the recognized graduate examination administered by the national board for certification and may be employed by commercial laboratories, dental office laboratories, dental manufacturers, or as the owner of a dental laboratory.

CODA - Commission on Dental Accreditationthe dental laboratory technology program is accredited by the commission on dental accreditation. the commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the united states department of education. the commissionon dental accreditation can be contacted at 312- 440-4653 or at 211 east chicago avenue, chicago, il 60611-2678. view the commission’s website.

how to apply: 

program applications are accepted february 1– july 15.

  1. view the admissions checklist.
  2. use the button below to apply to durham tech following the health technologies enrollment steps. once prerequisites are completed,
  3. apply to the dental technology program using the program application form

if you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, you may contact ta'yonda saunders.

fall application deadline is jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus

minimum credit hours


program stats

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average salary

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average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
cis-113 computer basics 1
dlt-123 crown and bridge 6
dlt-126 advanced crown and bridge 4
dlt-211 advanced complete dentures 6
dlt-215 adv partial dentures 3
dlt-222 advanced ceramic techniques 4
dlt-224 dental lab practice 2
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
mat-110 mathematical measurement and literacy 3
phs-121 applied physical science i 4
student in dental lab

“the hands-on component is my favorite part of this program, it’s so much more than just lectures and powerpoints. we get to apply what we’ve learned after each lecture, which is great. it feels good to know that the program will give me a head start in my career and serves as a stepping stone to owning my own lab one day.”

—xavier murray