Dental Laboratory Technology

2013-14 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Health Technology Building (HT), Room 206
971-722-4236

Health Admissions Office
Health Technology Building (HT), Room 205
971-722-4795

www.pcc.edu/dlt

Career and Program Description

The dental laboratory technologist is a professional member of the dental team and is considered the “artist” of that group. Using an order from a dentist, the technician designs and fabricates dental replacements such as crowns, bridges, dentures and orthodontic appliances. In the process, the technician carves complex structures and designs in wax, casts and finishes a variety of metals, and duplicates tooth form and color in acrylic resin or porcelain materials.

PCC offers a two-year program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. All prerequisites must be completed by summer term in the year in which you apply. The program starts fall term only. Enrollment is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early. Application forms may be obtained from and should be submitted to:

Health Admissions Office
Sylvania Campus, HT 205
Portland Community College
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, Oregon 97280-0990

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Laboratory Technology

Two-Year Certificate

Dental Laboratory Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

  1. GED, high school graduation or minimum college GPA of 2.0. (Proof of completion/graduation/college transcript must be submitted in your application).
  2. Completion of RD 90 or WR 115 with a C or better or college placement into RD 115.
  3. Placement into MTH 20.
  4. Satisfactory performance of wax carving tests (prerequisite).
  5. Students must show evidence of having begun or completed the immunization series for Hepatitis B.
  6. Students must complete MTH 20 or higher to receive the Certificate. Students obtaining the AAS degree must complete MTH 65 or higher. A math competency exam is not sufficient for graduating.

Students enrolled in the Dental Laboratory Technology Program will be required to wear safety glasses or goggles and face masks during procedures that produce airborne particulate matter. Additional protective wear and gear may be required. Safety policies, procedures and protocols are taught and reinforced throughout the curriculum according to industry standards and OSHA regulations to provide a safe learning environment. All aspects of the Dental Laboratory Technology Program are continually assessed to provide on-going excellence and continuing improvement, and are subject to change.

Skill Upgrade Courses

Laboratory practicums are offered to experienced technicians who wish to upgrade their skills in any of the five specialties. Laboratory credits vary from 1-5, depending on the technicians needs.

Dental Laboratory Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 95 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Dental Laboratory Technology Degree Credit Summary

DT68
COMM4
HE3
MTH4
DLT Degree Electives4
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits95

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
DT 101Dental Technology Lab I6
DT 120Dental Anatomy2
DT 141Denture Techniques I2
DT 151Science of Dental Materials I2
MTH 65Introductory Algebra - Second Term4
Second Term
DT 102Dental Technology Lab II6
DT 142Denture Techniques II2
DT 152Science of Dental Materials II3
HE 125First Aid & Industrial Safety3
General Education4
Third Term
DT 103Dental Technology Lab III6
DT 143Denture Techniques III2
Any COMM course on General Education List4
DT Degree Electives4
Fourth Term
DT 204Dental Technology Lab IV6
DT 253Science of Dental Materials III2
DT 270Inlay Casting, Crown and Bridge3
DT 275Dental Laboratory Management2
Fifth Term
DT 205Dental Technology Lab V6
DT 254Science of Dental Materials IV2
DT 272Dental Ceramics3
DT 276Dental Laboratory Management Lab1
General Education4
Sixth Term
DT 206Dental Technology Lab VI6
DT 271Partials, Clasp and Bar2
DT 284Dental Specialties2
DT 285Dental Seminar and Practicum2
General Education4
 Total Credits: 95

 

*

Could be used as General Education

Dental Laboratory Technology Degree Electives

BA 101Introduction to Business4
BA 226Business Law I4
EC 200Introduction to Economics *4
EC 201Principles of Economics: Microeconomics *4
EC 216Labor Markets: Economics of Gender, Race, and Work *4
ESR 172Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives *4
FN 225Nutrition4
HE 242Stress and Human Health4
PSY 240Personal Awareness and Growth *4
SOC 231Sociology of Health & Aging *4

Dental Laboratory Technology Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 79 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

Dental Laboratory Technology Certificate Credit Summary

DT68
COMM4
HE3
MTH4
Total Credits79

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
DT 101Dental Technology Lab I6
DT 120Dental Anatomy2
DT 141Denture Techniques I2
DT 151Science of Dental Materials I2
MTH 20Basic Math (Arithmetic)4
Second Term
DT 102Dental Technology Lab II6
DT 142Denture Techniques II2
DT 152Science of Dental Materials II3
HE 125First Aid & Industrial Safety3
Third Term
DT 103Dental Technology Lab III6
DT 143Denture Techniques III2
Any COMM course on General Education list4
Fourth Term
DT 204Dental Technology Lab IV6
DT 253Science of Dental Materials III2
DT 270Inlay Casting, Crown and Bridge3
DT 275Dental Laboratory Management2
Fifth Term
DT 205Dental Technology Lab V6
DT 254Science of Dental Materials IV2
DT 272Dental Ceramics3
DT 276Dental Laboratory Management Lab1
Sixth Term
DT 206Dental Technology Lab VI6
DT 271Partials, Clasp and Bar2
DT 284Dental Specialties2
DT 285Dental Seminar and Practicum2
 Total Credits: 79

Courses

DT 101. Dental Technology Lab I. 6 Credits.

Initial skill development in the use and operation of dental laboratory equipment, the application of safety principles, and introduction to the fabrication process of complete removable dentures. Audit available.

DT 102. Dental Technology Lab II. 6 Credits.

Continued skill development in complete denture construction. Articulators and immediate overdentures introduced. Audit available.

DT 103. Dental Technology Lab III. 6 Credits.

Advanced complete denture construction to include alternative materials, occlusal patterns and denture individualization. Audit available.

DT 120. Dental Anatomy. 2 Credits.

Studies basic forms, structures and functions of teeth and their surrounding tissues. Audit available.

DT 141. Denture Techniques I. 2 Credits.

History and philosophy of complete removable dentures with an introduction to the construction process. Artificial tooth selection and setting procedures emphasized. Audit available.

DT 142. Denture Techniques II. 2 Credits.

Continued study of denture construction including the use of articulators, finishing procedures and alternative techniques. Audit available.

DT 143. Denture Techniques III. 2 Credits.

Advanced study of denture construction including alternative occlusal patterns and materials. Audit available.

DT 151. Science of Dental Materials I. 2 Credits.

Overview of materials used in dentistry such as gypsum products, waxes and impression materials. Audit available.

DT 152. Science of Dental Materials II. 3 Credits.

Introduces chemistry and physics, especially as they relate to dental materials. Measurement techniques and unit conversions are stressed. Audit available.

DT 204. Dental Technology Lab IV. 6 Credits.

Skill development in the processes and procedures associated with dental crown and bridge construction. Dental inlays included. Audit available.

DT 205. Dental Technology Lab V. 6 Credits.

The uses of porcelain and acrylic in crown and bridge construction with emphasis on color and form reproduction. Audit available.

DT 206. Dental Technology Lab VI. 6 Credits.

Fabrication of removable partial dentures with emphasis on framework design. Orthodontic appliances included. Audit available.

DT 253. Science of Dental Materials III. 2 Credits.

Continued study of dental materials as related to cast metal alloys and crown and bridge construction. Audit available.

DT 254. Science of Dental Materials IV. 2 Credits.

Advanced study of dental materials including ceramics (porcelain) and high fusing metal alloys. Audit available.

DT 270. Inlay Casting, Crown and Bridge. 3 Credits.

Introduces crown and bridge construction processes and techniques including preparation and waxing of dies, investing, casting, and finishing. Principles also applied to dental inlays. Audit available.

DT 271. Partials, Clasp and Bar. 2 Credits.

Study of the philosophy, materials, design and fabrication processes of removable partial dentures. Audit available.

DT 272. Dental Ceramics. 3 Credits.

Study of dental ceramics (porcelain) including the philosophy, structure, properties, uses, and laboratory procedures associated with this material. Audit available.

DT 275. Dental Laboratory Management. 2 Credits.

Introduces management skills and responsibilities as well as the problems associated with dental laboratory ownership. Audit available.

DT 276. Dental Laboratory Management Lab. 1 Credit.

Computer-based exercises in techniques required for small business management. Audit available.

DT 284. Dental Specialties. 2 Credits.

Introduces dental specialties and advanced techniques that involve participation and skill of the dental lab technician. Audit available.

DT 285. Dental Seminar and Practicum. 2 Credits.

A workplace preparation course including professional ethics, organizations and opportunities, certification requirements and an overview of the dental care delivery system in Oregon. Also introduces new products and procedures and have an opportunity to visit local laboratories. Audit available.

DT 9406. Dental Technology Practicum. 1-5 Credit.

Covers all steps and procedures in the construction of dental replacements which may include cast metal crowns and bridges, the use of dental ceramics, and/or partial and full dentures. Audit available.