Dental Laboratory Technology
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Program Description

Dental laboratory technicians possess the skills, competencies and knowledge that is invaluable to the practice of modern dentistry. Through the unique Dental Laboratory Technology Program situated at the well-equipped laboratories at the ECC South Campus, students are instructed in all aspects of prosthodontic dentistry. Opportunities are available for second-year students to work with dentists in private practice, at hospitals and at commercial dental laboratories as they prepare to join the profession and the dental health team.

The goal of the Dental Laboratory Technology Program is to train students to be capable of the design, fabrication and production of dental prostheses, including full and partial dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances. New state-of-the-art techniques, equipment and materials are emphasized, i.e. implantology and cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.

The curriculum, offered on a full-time basis during the day, highlights coursework in anatomy, physiology, occlusion, biomedical materials, dental metallurgy, dental prostheses, ceramics technology and computer assisted design. Classroom learning is supplemented with laboratory experiences in our well equipped laboratories at the college, as well as at local hospitals and commercial laboratories.

The Dental Laboratory Technology laboratories at South Campus have been designed to accommodate students confined to wheelchairs.

Employment opportunities are available in commercial dental laboratories, private dental practices, hospitals, public dental health facilities, manufacturers of dental supplies, materials and equipment and in research facilities and educational institutions. Our graduates are employed in various types of positions: research and development for large manufacturing companies; quality control; technicians working at the bench; and lecturers and demonstrators. Several are on the faculty of dental and/or dental laboratory schools; some are denturists in Canada and in the several states in the U.S. that license denturism; and some open their own laboratories. Each year, several graduates attend dental school in order to continue their education.

The RG/Certification Examination (National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology) is offered to students at the conclusion of the second year of study. ECC has had 100 percent passage rate for this examination and ECC students traditionally exhibit one of the highest overall averages in the nation.

ECC South Campus is the site for the National Board for Certification C.D.T. Specialty Examinations.


The Dental Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653.

Scholarships Available

  • American Dental Association
  • ECC Health Sciences
  • Ivoclar North America, Inc.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5204
Curriculum Code: 0547
Campus Location: South
Health Sciences Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
Good manual dexterity and color perception

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:
Biology and/or Chemistry

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Private Practice
Commercial Laboratories
Public Dental Health Facilities


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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