Dental Technician

instructor showing dental work to student

Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-507-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Dental Technician Diploma

DESCRIPTION

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to manufacture dental restorations, including metal and ceramic crowns and bridges, and complete dentures. The curriculum also includes dental terminology, dental anatomy, occlusion, and computer-aided design (CAD) processes. Students will acquire skills through hands-on experience in MATC’s well-equipped dental laboratory.

An increasing demand for aesthetic dentistry, the aging population and an aging workforce contribute to employment opportunities.

Additional program details: 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.

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 www.nadl.org or the American Dental Association at www.ada.org.

 

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Detailed Program Information

2022-23 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
DLABT-102 Dental Anatomy ‡ 5
DLABT-111 Introduction to Complete Dentures ‡ 5
DLABT-113 Dental Technology Materials ‡ 2
DLABT-114 Principles of Occlusion ‡ 1
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
3
DLABT-115 CAD/CAM in Dentistry ‡ 2
DLABT-117 Dental Technician Professionalism ‡ 1
DLABT-121 Introduction to Crown and Bridge ‡ 5
DLABT-129 All Ceramic Techniques ‡ 5
TOTAL CREDITS 29

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Relate concepts of oral anatomy, morphology and occlusion to dental laboratory procedures
  • Perform laboratory techniques and procedures for dentures
  • Assume the role of the dental laboratory technician as a member of the dental healthcare team             
  • Observe infection control and environmental safety procedures

Career Outlook

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. 

Possible Careers

Dental Ceramist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Sales
Denturist (with additional training)
Dental Technician
Digital Restoration Designer
Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Owner (with experience)

Admission Requirements

  • High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

Scholarships

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Last updated: 04/18/2022