Wednesday – May 23, 2018

Dental Technician

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-507-1

For Information: 414-297-MATC

— Through this two-semester diploma program, you will gain the knowledge and learn skills to fabricate dental restorations, including metal and ceramic crowns and bridges and complete dentures. The curriculum also includes dental terminology, dental anatomy and occlusion. Students will acquire laboratory skills through hands-on experience in a well-equipped dental laboratory on the MATC campus. 

Important skills include hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, and the ability to use small hand instruments with precision. You also will need to be an independent worker. 


Career Outlook — An increasing demand for aesthetic dentistry and the aging population in the United States are creating a growing demand for dental technicians. Employment opportunities exist in commercial dental laboratories, laboratories in dental clinics and in-office laboratories. With experience, dental technicians can become department supervisors, laboratory managers and laboratory owners. Dental technicians also find employment as sales or manufacturers’ representatives.

After completing a work experience requirement, you may apply for certification by the National Board of Certification. For more information about a career as a dental technician, visit the following websites: National Association of Dental Laboratories at or the American Dental Association at  


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect program graduates to:

  • Use dental terminology appropriately
  • Relate concepts of oral anatomy, morphology and occlusion to dental laboratory procedures
  • Competently perform laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Utilize dental materials with consideration of their chemical and physical properties
  • Assume the role of the dental laboratory technician as a member of the dental healthcare team
  • Observe proper infection control procedures


Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


The following also are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers:
Dental Ceramicist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Technician
Laboratory Manager

Related Programs:
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygiene

Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2014-15.





Dental Anatomy ‡




Introduction to Complete Dentures ‡




Introduction to Crown and Bridge ‡





Dental Ceramics ‡






‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.


Page updated July 2014.