Dental Laboratory Technology

The Dental Laboratory Technology (DLT) course provides students the technical skills and knowledge required to achieve entry-level competencies and perform Army Dental Laboratory Specialist / Navy Dental Laboratory Technician /Air Force Dental Laboratory Apprentice duties at fixed dental treatment facilities and field environments. The training provides fundamental instruction for procedures accomplished in dental laboratories on fabrication of complete dentures, removable partial dentures, dental appliances, crown and bridge, dental ceramics, and dental implants using various processing methods to include analog and digital dental technology.

 US Air Force
AFSC: Dental Laboratory Apprentice
Course Length: 1129 hours
Iterations per year: 7

 US Army
MOS: Dental Laboratory Specialist
Course Length: 960 hours
Iterations per year: 7

 US Navy
NEC: Dental Laboratory Technician Basic
Course Length: 960 hours
Iterations per year: 7

School Code 083

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The Dental Laboratory Technology course provides students with formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Dental Laboratory Technicians.

This is a consolidated course with three military services attending (Army, Navy, and Air Force). The course is designed to provide fundamental training in the fabrication of complete dentures, Removable Partial Dentures (RPD) and treatment appliances, crown and bridge, metal-ceramic restorations, and dental implants using both analog and digital dental technology processing methods.

Performance-based training is conducted for all aspects of training as this program deals in the fabrication of dental prostheses. Students manipulate dental materials, maintain dental equipment, and perform basic dental fixed and removable prostheses procedures.

The instructional design of this course is group-lock step. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

As a dental laboratory technician you may be exposed to bloodborne infectious disease.  Please click the following link to access associating policies:

Accreditation Information:

The Dental Laboratory Technology course is accredited through the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2637
Telephone: 312-440-4653
Telephone: 1-800-232-6108
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