Wednesday – January 16, 2019

Dental Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-507-1

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — You will be ready for employment to fabricate dental restorations, including metal and ceramic crowns and bridges and complete dentures, through this two-semester program.

The curriculum also includes dental terminology, dental anatomy, occlusion, and computer-aided design (CAD) processes. 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 Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. 
Contact an MATC advisor for information.


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  

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect program graduates to:

  • Relate concepts of oral anatomy, morphology and occlusion to dental laboratory procedures
  • Competently perform laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Observe proper infection control procedures
  • Use dental terminology appropriately
  • 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


Admission Requirements  — 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:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers
Dental Ceramicist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Technician
Laboratory Manager
Computer Aided Restoration Designer

Related Programs
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygiene

Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students





(1)  DLABT-102

Dental Anatomy ‡




(1)  DLABT-111

Introduction to Complete Dentures ‡




(2)  DLABT-121

Introduction to Crown and Bridge ‡




(2)  DLABT-128

All Ceramic Techniques ‡




(2)  NATSCI-167 Science of Technology 3  




‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2017.