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Dental Laboratory Technology

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The major in Dental Laboratory Technology begins each fall semester and is designed to prepare students for employment as dental laboratory technicians to provide an essential support service for the dental professional according to the dentist’s prescription or work request. The dental laboratory technician constructs and repairs all types of dental prosthetic appliances.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities exist in commercial dental laboratories, hospital dental laboratories, private dental offices, dental research laboratories, and in dental sales.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Dental Laboratory Technology program requires the following:

Books and Instruments

(per academic year) $461

Books and Instruments

(per summer session) $178


PROGRAM NOTES: Students admitted into this program will be approved for entry into major/clinical courses (DNL 140) when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Completion of one unit of high school mathematics with a grade of “C” or better, or its equivalent (Reynolds MTE 3).
  2. Completion of all Reynolds developmental coursework prescribed as a result of Reynolds placement tests.
  3. In order to be officially accepted into the Dental Laboratory Technology program, applicants will need to meet with the program head to review their records.
  4. All applicants must interview with the program head and receive permission to enter major and clinical courses. The interview will include evaluation of appropriate related experience and may include a manual dexterity test. Students must provide evidence of interest, aptitude, and motivation in dental laboratory technology. To arrange an appointment, students may call 804-523-5931.
Any student whose final grade is below a “C” in any dental laboratory course must obtain permission from the program head to continue the major in Dental Laboratory Technology. DNL courses are sequential unless otherwise determined by the program head.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the Dental Laboratory Technology program should possess the physical ability to do the following:

  • Aid in lifting and moving supplies;
  • Hear verbal communication and equipment sounds;
  • Discern shades of color;
  • Interact effectively with instructors and extern personnel;
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity to manipulate materials; and
  • Work with and around fire from either a Bunsen burner or oxygen/gas torch.

The following are also required:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe small objects under microscopic magnification; to read procedures, manuals, records, and computers; and to manipulate materials;
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with instructors and dental laboratory participants and to monitor and operate laboratory equipment;
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively understand and communicate in English in a timely manner;
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor skills and coordination to exhibit excellent eye-hand skills and dexterity to manipulate materials, equipment, and instruments; to have coordination in lifting, stooping, walking, and bending;
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be sitting or standing for extended periods of time and to move equipment;
  • Satisfactory intellectual, emotional, and psychological health and functioning to ensure dental laboratory staff safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion to perform assigned tasks;
  • Sufficient time management skills to effectively attend to multiple priorities; and
  • Satisfactory critical thinking skills and comprehension of detailed instructions to effectively operate in a dental laboratory setting.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical educational opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: All applicants to this program must take the computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, prior to enrollment in their first semester of courses. Those students not passing this exam after a maximum of two attempts will be required to complete ITE 115 or CSC 155 or equivalent prior to or concurrently with DNL 175. (See program advisor.)

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION: The program in Dental Laboratory Technology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” 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 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The website address is www.ada.org/coda.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

DNL 110

Dental Laboratory Materials

2

3

3

DNL 140

Dental Anatomy, Physiology, and Principles of Occlusion

3

6

5

DNL 130

Introduction to Complete Dentures

3

9

6

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

TOTAL

9

18

15

DNL 135

Introduction to Removable Partial Dentures

3

9

6

DNL 100

Professional Ethics and Dental History

2

0

2

NAS 1051

Natural Science Topics for Modern Society

2

0

2

MTH 120

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

TOTAL

13

9

16

DNL 137

Orthodontic and Pedodontic Appliances

2

3

3

DNL 138

Introduction to Fixed Prosthodontics

3

9

6

DNL 160

Removable Prosthodontic Techniques

2

3

3

___ ___2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

7-8

15-17

13

DNL 1753

Dental Laboratory Management

2

0

2

DNL 220

Introduction to Dental Ceramics

3

9

6

PSY 200

Principles of Psychology

3

0

3

TOTAL

8

9

11

DNL 2164

Dental Laboratory Practicum

1

15

6

DNL 231

Advanced Dental Laboratory Techniques I

2

0

2

DNL 298

Seminar and Project

1-2

0

1-2

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

7-8

15

12-13

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree  in Dental Laboratory Technology 67

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1 NAS 105 satisfies the general education science requirement for the Dental Laboratory Technology program.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

3 Students must pass the computer competency test or complete either ITE 115 or CSC 155 or equivalent prior to or concurrently with DNL 175.

4 Students may choose one or two areas of concentration from the following specialties: complete dentures, partial dentures, crown and bridge, dental ceramics, and orthodontics.