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Dental Laboratory Technology

Dental Laboratory Technology

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 SUNY Erie South Campus, students are instructed in all aspects of dental laboratory technology. Opportunities are available for second-year students to work with doctors in private practice, at hospitals and at commercial dental laboratories as they prepare to join the profession and the oral 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, cosmetic dentistry and CAD/CAM technology.

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 the 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. Several graduates have gone on to dental school. SUNY Erie also has a transfer articulation agreement with Canisius College. Students who complete all the required courses in the Dental Laboratory Technology program and who use their SUNY Erie electives as advised can earn a B.S. in Professional & Technical Studies degree at Canisius.

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology's (NBC) Recognized Graduate (RG) Examination is offered to students during the fourth semester of the program. SUNY Erie students traditionally exhibit one of the highest overall averages in the nation. SUNY Erie's South Campus is also a site for the NBC's Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examinations.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a high school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency). Some of the attributes of a successful dental lab technician are good manual dexterity, color perception and an aptitude for detail. While most states set no minimum qualifications for dental lab technicians, some states require technicians to be certified by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. A conviction for the illegal practice of dentistry will prevent a person from becoming certified. Students are required to purchase a dental tool kit at the approximate cost of $550. Students must also provide their own protective eyewear that meets industry standards.

Program Flexibility

Required liberal arts and science courses are available at all three campuses, evenings and summers. Dental Laboratory Technology courses are offered at South Campus. Although most students begin in September, a limited number are accepted in January as part of the extended curriculum option.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Laboratory Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • draw to scale and carve each permanent tooth;
  • identify uses of and list the properties of the various dental materials;
  • construct a denture which is functional and aesthetic;
  • demonstrate knowledge of surveying and designing by constructing a removable partial denture;
  • perform minor repairs on dental lab equipment;
  • mount and articulate maxillary and mandibular casts on a semi-adjustable articulator;
  • repair all types of oral prostheses;
  • construct custom trays and fabricate models and dies;
  • develop and construct any type of fixed crown or bridge (single unit and multiple unit);
  • identify malocclusions;
  • design and construct an orthodontic appliance capable of correcting a specific malocclusion;
  • construct a bridge using semi-precision attachments and a milled lock attachment; also using attachments in conjunction with removable partial dentures;
  • construct metal substructure and build, fire and complete porcelain on single and multiple units;
  • construct a complete set of implant dentures;
  • construct a bridge and removable appliance using implants attachment;
  • treat patients of different cultural, racial, ethnic and class backgrounds;
  • be cognizant of the health care system; and
  • prevent contamination by bloodborne infectious diseases.


The program in Dental Laboratory Technology 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 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

SUNY Erie's program is one of only thirteen Dental Laboratory Technology programs that have this status.


SUNY Erie Foundation


Total Degree Credits: 76.5

First Year, Fall Semester
DL 110 - Introduction to Technical Dentistry Credit Hours: 1
DL 111 - Dental Anatomy, Physiology, Occlusion Credit Hours: 2
DL 112 - Lab for DL 111 Credit Hours: 3
DL 113 - Biomedical Materials and Dental Metallurgy Credit Hours: 1
DL 114 - Lab for DL 113 Credit Hours: 1
DL 115 - Complete Denture Technique I Credit Hours: 1
DL 116 - Lab for DL 115 Credit Hours: 3
CH 140 - College Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 (or Liberal Arts/General Studies Elective Credit Hours:3) 
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
DL 121 - Removable Partial Denture Technique Credit Hours: 1
DL 122 - Lab for DL 121 Credit Hours: 3
DL 123 - Restorative Technique I Credit Hours: 2
DL 124 - Lab for DL 123 Credit Hours: 3
DL 125 - Complete Denture Technique II Credit Hours: 1
DL 126 - Lab for DL 125 Credit Hours: 3
DL Specialty Course Credit Hours: 2
CH 144 - General Chemistry with Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Credit Hours: 3 
EN 102 - Composition for the STEM Disciplines Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
DL 230 - Dental Laboratory Practice I Credit Hours: 3
DL 231 - Removable Partial Denture Technique II Credit Hours: 1
DL 232 - Lab for DL 231 Credit Hours: 2
DL 233 - Restorative Technique II Credit Hours: 1
DL 234 - Lab for DL 233 Credit Hours: 3
DL 235 - Ceramics Technique I Credit Hours: 1
DL 236 - Lab for DL 235 Credit Hours: 1
DL 237 - Orthodontic Technique 1 Credit Hours: 1
DL 238 - Lab for DL 237 Credit Hours: 1.5
DL Specialty Course Credit Hours: 2
MT 112 - Survey of Mathematics Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
DL 240 - Dental Laboratory Practice II Credit Hours: 4
DL 241 - Senior Seminar Credit Hours: 1 
DL 243 - Restorative Technique III Credit Hours: 1
DL 244 - Lab for DL 243 Credit Hours: 3
DL 245 - Ceramics Technique II Credit Hours: 1
DL 246 - Lab for DL 245 Credit Hours: 1
DL 264 - Lab II for DL 245 Credit Hours: 1
DL Specialty Course Credit Hours: 1
Liberal Arts/General Studies Elective Credit Hours: 3
Liberal Arts/General Studies Elective Credit Hours: 2

Specialty Course Options:

Five credits of Specialty Course Options are required for completion of the Program. Not all elective courses are offered every year.

  • DL 250 - Dental Lab Specialties Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 251 - Partial Denture Seminar Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 253 - Complete Denture Seminar Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 255 - Ceramics/Restorative Seminar Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 257 - Maxillofacial Prosthesis Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 258 - Lab for DL 257 Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 260 - Dental Implantology Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 261 - Orthodontic Technique II Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 262 - Lab for DL 261 Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 265 - Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 266 - Lab for Denture Set-Ups Credit Hours: 1
  • DL 270 - Dental Laboratory Internship Credit Hours: 2
  • DL 271 - CAD/CAM Systems for Dental Lab Technology Credit Hours: 1

Additional Courses:

Twenty credits of Liberal Arts/General Studies are required. The following four courses are required plus eight additional credits of Liberal Arts/General Studies of the students' choice. Please note that high school chemistry or CH 140 College Chemistry I is a prerequisite for CH 144.

  • CH 144 - General Chemistry with Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 102 - Composition for the STEM Disciplines Credit Hours: 3
  • MT 112 - Survey of Mathematics Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Available At:

South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

High school biology and/or chemistry

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Good manual dexterity, color perception and an aptitude for detail

Student Handbook
Dental Laboratory Technology Handbook

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Private Practice
Commercial Laboratories
Public Dental Health Facilities

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Health Sciences
Dental Laboratory Technology

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Dental Laboratory Technology

Peter DeMarco
South Campus
Room 2109A
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1759