AST Dental Laboratory Technology
| 1,552 hours; 4 terms, 16 months|
Maximum class size: 15
The Associate in Specialized Technology Dental Laboratory Technology program provides instruction in removable prosthodontics and fixed restorative techniques. Students develop skills in various specialties within the dental laboratory industry. Related and elective courses enable the student to round out professional growth and development.
General Entrance Requirements
High school diploma, GED certificate or a high school transcript indicating graduation is required prior to admission. Student abilities should include reading comprehension, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.
Instructional equipment includes, but is not limited to, Bunsen burners, dental lathes, casting machines, vacuum forming machines, electric furnaces, electric soldering machines, sand blasters, duplicating machines, dental milling machine, 3D scanner, prostheses design software and pneumatic presses.
This field offers a continuing demand for skilled entry-level technicians in positions such as Crown and Bridge Dental Lab Technician, Dental Ceramist, Dental Lab Tech, Metal Finisher, Model and Dye Person, Porcelain Technician, and Waxer in commercial dental laboratories, private dental offices, and clinics. Government dental clinics, such as the Veterans Administration, also employ dental technicians.