Dental Laboratory Technology program provides for a flexible career which offers several opportunities for advancement. After completing the program, students can be experienced and skilled technicians who own their own laboratories or become department heads where they have supervisory responsibilities.


Dental laboratory technicians are valuable members of the dental health care team. This 99-credit program consists of basic morphology to advanced hands-on skills and techniques in designing and constructing dental replacements such as crowns, bridges, ceramics, and denture appliances. Students also acquire skills (modeling, wax-up, build-up, creative design, fitting and finishing) that are essential in dentistry.

  • As cosmetic prosthetics, such as veneers and crowns, become less expensive, there should be an increase in demand for these appliances. Accidents and poor oral health, which can cause damage and loss of teeth, will continue to create a need for dental laboratory technician services. Dental technician services will be in demand, as dentists work to improve the aesthetics and function of patients’ teeth.
  • Most dental laboratory technicians work full time and the annual mean wages in Washington D.C. metropolitan area for dental laboratory technicians is between $41,990 to $63,480 in May 2017.
  • In Virginia, there are approximately 500 dental labs that seek skilled professionals.


Program Length: 70 weeks (Maximum Time Frame: 105 weeks)
Total Credits: 99 credits (Major – 71 credits & General Education – 28 credits)

Number Course Credits
DLT101 Dental Morphology 6
DLT102 Dental Morphology Lab 6
DLT151 Crowns and Bridges I 6
DLT152 Crowns and Bridges Lab I 6
DLT153 Crowns and Bridges II 6
DLT154 Crowns and Bridges Lab II 6
DLT201 Dental Ceramics I 6
DLT202 Dental Ceramics Lab I 6
DLT203 Dental Ceramics II 2
DLT204 Dental Ceramics Lab II 6
DLT251 Complete Denture 2
DLT253 Partial Denture 2
Electives (choose 2 courses out of below three)
DLT252 Complete Denture Lab 6
DLT254 Partial Denture Lab 5
DLT270 Career Development 5

Number Course Credits
BPS102 Business and Professional Speech 4
ENG101 English Composition 4
HIST203 U.S. History 4
SPN101 Introduction to Spanish I 4
SPN102 Introduction to Spanish II 4
BIO102 Introduction to Biology 4
CPS101 Introduction to Computer Science 4
MAT101 Algebra 4
MAT201 Pre-Calculus 4
CRT101 Critical Thinking 4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC201 Society and Human Behavior 4
Required 7 courses 28
(Select from at least one of each section)

  • Seo, Justine Junbum : A.A.S., Dental Lab Technology, Columbia College, VA, 2015

Job-Outlook Section

Median Salary: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes519081.htm

Career of Dental Laboratory Technician: https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-team-careers/dental-laboratory-technology