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Dental Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5204
Curriculum Code: 0547
Campus Location: South
Health Sciences Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: , Good manual dexterity and color perception
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: HS Science (Biology and/or Chemistry)
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Private Practice, Commercial Laboratories, Hospitals, Public Dental Health Facilities

Program Description

Dental laboratory technicians possess the skills, competencies and knowledge that is invaluable to the practice of modern dentistry. Through the unique Dental Laboratory Technology Program situated at the well equipped laboratories at the ECC South Campus, students are instructed in all aspects of prosthodontic dentistry. Opportunities are available for second-year students to work with dentists in private practice, at hospitals and at commercial dental laboratories as they prepare to join the profession and the dental health team.

The goal of the Dental Laboratory Technology Program is to train students to be capable of the design, fabrication and production of dental prostheses, including full and partial dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances. New state-of-the-art techniques, equipment and materials are emphasized, i.e. implantology and cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.

The curriculum, offered on a full-time basis during the day, highlights coursework in anatomy, physiology, occlusion, biomedical materials, dental metallurgy, dental prostheses, ceramics technology and computer assisted design. Classroom learning is supplemented with laboratory experiences in our well equipped laboratories at the college, as well as at local hospitals and commercial laboratories.

The Dental Laboratory Technology laboratories at South Campus have been designed to accommodate students confined to wheelchairs.

Employment opportunities are available in commercial dental laboratories, private dental practices, hospitals, public dental health facilities, manufacturers of dental supplies, materials and equipment and in research facilities and educational institutions. Our graduates are employed in various types of positions: research and development for large manufacturing companies; quality control; technicians working at the bench; and lecturers and demonstrators. Several are on the faculty of dental and/or dental laboratory schools; some are denturists in Canada and in the several states in the U.S. that license denturism; and some open their own laboratories. Each year, several graduates attend dental school in order to continue their education.

The RG/Certification Examination (National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology) is offered to students at the conclusion of the second year of study. ECC has had 100 percent passage rate for this examination and ECC students traditionally exhibit one of the highest overall averages in the nation.

ECC South Campus is the site for the National Board for Certification C.D.T. Specialty Examinations.


The 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 Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653.

Special Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED. Good manual dexterity, color perception and an aptitude for detail are essential. Students are required to purchase a dental tool kit at the approximate cost $350.

Program Flexibility

Required liberal arts and science courses are available at all three campuses, evenings and summers. Dental Laboratory Technology courses are offered at South Campus. Although most students begin in September, a limited number are accepted in January as part of the extended curriculum option.

Scholarships Available

  • American Dental Association 
  • ECC Health Sciences
  • Ivoclar North America, Inc.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Laboratory Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • draw to scale and carve each permanent tooth;
  • identify uses of and list the properties of the various dental materials;
  • construct a denture which is functional and aesthetic;
  • demonstrate knowledge of surveying and designing by constructing a removable partial denture;
  • perform minor repairs on dental lab equipment;
  • mount and articulate maxillary and mandibular casts on a semi-adjustable articulator;
  • repair all types of oral prostheses;
  • construct custom trays and fabricate models and dies;
  • develop and construct any type of fixed bridge (single unit, multiple unit, Maryland bridge);
  • identify malocclusions;
  • design and construct an orthodontic appliance capable of correcting a specific malocclusion;
  • construct various types of crowns (one-piece posted crown and two-piece post, core and crown);
  • construct a bridge using semi-precision attachments and a milled lock attachment; also using attachments in conjunction with removable partial dentures;
  • construct metal substructure and build, fire and complete porcelain on single and multiple units;
  • construct a complete set of implant dentures;
  • construct a bridge and removable appliance using implants attachment;
  • great patients of different cultural, racial, ethnic and class backgrounds;
  • be cognizant of the health care system; and 
  • prevent contamination by blood borne infectious diseases.


Total Degree Credits: 76.5

First Year, Spring Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester


*DL 241 determines eligibility for taking RG/CDT (certifying) examination.

Specialty Course Options

Three Specialty Course Options are required for completion of the Program (for a total of 5 credits).

Additional Courses:

Twenty credits of Liberal Arts/General Studies are required. The following four courses are required plus eight additional credits of Liberal Arts/General Studies of the students’ choice.


This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

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