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.



Dr. Han Il Kim

Instructor, Director of Dental Lab Technology


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Chosun University, Korea

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Yonsei University, Korea

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Myoungji University, Korea

A.A.S. in Dental Laboratory Technology, Korea University, Korea


Dr. Kim is a licensed Dental Laboratory Technician, who also holds professional certifications in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is a highly knowledgeable instructor in the Dental Lab Technician field with over 10 years of higher education teaching experience. He has been building a wonderful reputation at Columbia College of his student-centered teaching style, lab-based course activities, and passion for the program and its students.



Khondkar Huq

Assistant Instructor, Director of Dental Lab Technology


Certificate in Dental Lab Technology, Columbia College, Fairfax, Virginia

B.S. in Dentistry, Dhaka Dental College, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Mr. Huq, former dentist in Bangladesh, joined the Columbia College January 2017 to work as an assistant instructor in Dental Lab Technology. He has B.S. degree in dentistry from Dhaka Dental College, Bangladesh and Certificate in Dental Lab Technology from Columbia College.

Mr. Huq worked as a dental assistant previously. At Columbia College, he teaches Dental Morphology theory and practice for freshman and is also in charge of lab & practice parts of the courses.

Dental Laboratory Technology Prospects

  • 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.
  • In Virginia, there are approximately 500 dental labs that seek for skilled professional.
  • Most dental laboratory technicians work full time and the annual mean wages in Washington D.C. metropolitan area for dental laboratory technicians is from $39,720 to $53,610 in May 2013.

Program Facts

  • Program Length: 70 weeks (MTF: 105 weeks)
  • Total Credits: 99 credits (Major – 71 credits & General Education – 28 credits)

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