Dental Laboratory Technology
The mission of Dental Laboratory Technology courses at Pima Community College is to serve all members of the community. Dental Laboratory Technology courses will provide the opportunity for students to learn all aspects of dental prosthetic fabrication. This education will include a basic understanding of the principles of oral physiology as it relates to prosthetic fabrication and an introduction to the most current techniques. Techniques covered in Dental Laboratory Technology courses will be geared to the standards of industry. Emphasis will be placed on instilling an appreciation and respect for all members of the team of dental health care professionals. In addition students will learn of the ethical and life long learning commitments that are involved in becoming a member of that team.
Frequently asked questions
WHAT DOES A DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN DO?
Dental laboratory technicians create dental prostheses-replacements for natural tooth structure, bone, and soft tissue. This work enables people who have lost some or all of their teeth to eat, chew, talk and smile. This work is carried out under the prescription of a licensed dentist
HOW WILL COURSES IN DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY PREPARE ME TO BE A DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN?
Courses in Dental Laboratory Technology at Pima Community College prepare students to be Dental Technicians by introducing concepts of oral anatomy and physiology. Students will learn to use dental materials to create dental restorations and appliances. In addition students will learn the safe operation of various types of dental equipment. Students will also be introduced to management techniques and infection control.
WHAT IS THE EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK?
Increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry and the overall aging of the U.S. population indicate that the job outlook for Dental Laboratory Technicians is excellent. For more information regarding the Dental Laboratory Technology profession, visit the National Association of Dental Laboratories Web site. NADL
WOULD I BE WELL SUITED TO A CAREER IN THE DENTAL LABORATORY INDUSTRY?
Successful dental technicians come from a wide varity of backgrounds. Dental Technology is often appealing to persons seeking a career requiring limited interaction with patients and the public. Dental technicians are frequently challenged to create unique solutions to individual restorative problems that are both functional and appealing to the eye. Desirable characteristics for this occupation are strong observational abilities coupled with a good aesthetic sense. As a dental professional, dental technicians must aspire to the highest level of dedication, intelligence, and skill in the fabrication of each prosthesis. Dental laboratory technicians are required to consistently do excellent work.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS /TECHNICAL STANDARDS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS IN THIS PROFESSION?
Dental Laboratory work requires eyesight correctable to 20/20 and the ability to perform fine motor activities for extended periods of time. The Dental Technician must be able to remember and follow detailed instructions, given both verbally and in writing.
MAY I TAKE COURSES/MODULES ON A PART-TIME BASIS?
Yes. For more information, contact Max Atwell at 520-206-3100. Pima Community College Dental Laboratory Technology courses are ideal for persons seeking a career in dental laboratory technology, as well as persons wishing to explore Dental Laboratory Technology as a possible career. We also welcome those currently working in dental laboratories that wish to learn additional aspects of the industry.
ARE THERE ANY GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS OR PREREQUISITE COURSES THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE I CAN TAKE DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY COURSES?
There are no prerequisite courses required.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Class positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. Call 520-206-6618 for class availability.
WHAT IS THE TUITION?
In state tuition is $455 per semester, full-time (12-18 credit hrs.) In state tuition is $35 per semester hour, part-time. Subject to change, consult current schedule of classes.
ARE THERE OTHER COSTS?
Textbooks, lab coats, tools, and supplies for all modules, will cost an additional $500 to $700.
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Yes. Full time Students may qualify. Contact the Financial Aid Office in the West Campus Student Center or telephone 520-206-6606.
WHAT ASPECTS OF DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY CAN I STUDY AT THE PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DENTAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS LABORATORY?
The curriculum will include the fabrication/construction of: Crown and Bridge, Dental Ceramics, Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Prostheses.
WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED?
Pima Community College requires students be immunized against measles rubella. (if born after January 1, 1957)
NOTE: It is highly recommended that all health care professionals be vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
Student may also wish to be immunized against tetanus. Consult with your Doctor.
IS THERE ANY REQUIRED HEALTH DOCUMENTATION?
This link is a good source of information about the Dental Laboratory Industry. NADL
This link is to the Arizona Dental Association. AZDA
This link contains information on careers in all
aspects of Dentistry.
Max R. Atwell, Jr. CDT
Lead Faculty Dental Laboratory Technology
Available by Appointment
West Campus, HRP Building, Room 220
Last updated 10/25/01