DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ( Archived )
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Program Type: Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Health Sciences

Program Description:
The PCC Dental Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares a student for employment in a private or commercial dental laboratory or dental office performing dental laboratory techniques and procedures. Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced laboratory procedures and concepts in all five specialized areas: complete dentures, crown and fixed partial dentures, ceramics, removable partial dentures, and orthodontics and pedodontics. Instruction includes courses in dental morphology, materials, anatomy, and dental laboratory management. Students will learn in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory and will be instructed by caring and experienced faculty.

The Dental Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The college is also a member of the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). Upon successful completion of the curriculum, a student is eligible to take the written Recognized Graduate Examination given by the National Board for Certification.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better. Pasadena City College will also award an Associate in Science Degree with a major in Dental Laboratory Technology upon successful completion of courses prescribed for the Certificate of Achievement in the Dental Laboratory Technology Program and completion of certain general education classes. Please consult with a college counselor or the college catalog for more information.

Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus laboratory sites for their Winter Session Clinical Experience course in their second year.

Fabricating a dental prosthesis is a tremendously detailed procedure that requires a knowledge of structural mechanics, metallurgy, materials science, chemistry, biology, physiology, physics, head and neck anatomy, colorimetry and esthetics. A good dental laboratory technician not only possesses working knowledge in these areas, but also has great manual and perceptual skills. The Pasadena City College Dental Laboratory Technology Program has been providing a well rounded education in dental technology since 1967.

Requirements for admission into the Dental Laboratory Technology Program are:

1. Verification of graduation from an accredited high school, or GED, or equivalent with a 2.0 or better grade point average.

2. Satisfactory scores on manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination tests which are given by appointment. To schedule an appointment contact the program director or test coordinator by calling, (626) 585-7200.

3. Submission of a completed Application for Admission to the program.

4. Health clearance by a physician.

The program in dental laboratory technology is approved by the Dental Board of California and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “Approval without reporting requirements”. 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. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Effective academic year: 2006-2007

Required Units in the Major:    61

Required Courses
  Semester I (11 units)
DLT 113A - DENTURE TECHNIQUES (4.0 units)
  DLT 114A - CROWN AND BRIDGE (4.0 units)
  DLT 115 - DENTAL MORPHOLOGY (.50 units)
  DLT 116A - BEGINNING DENTAL ANATOMY (1.5 units)
  DLT 200A - DIRECTED STUDIES IN BASIC DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)
  &
  Winter Intersession First Year (2.5 units)
DLT 116B - INTERMEDIATE DENTAL ANATOMY (1.5 units)
  DLT 200B - DIRECTED STUDIES IN INTERMEDIATE DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (13.5 units)
DLT 109 - DENTAL MATERIALS (2.0 units)
  DLT 113B - DENTURE TECHNIQUES (4.0 units)
  DLT 114B - CROWN AND BRIDGE (4.0 units)
  DLT 116C - ADVANCED DENTAL ANATOMY (2.5 units)
  DLT 200C - DIRECTED STUDIES IN ADVANCED DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (13.5 units)
DLT 116D - HIGHLY ADVANCED DENTAL ANATOMY (2.5 units)
  DLT 117 - ORTHODONTICS AND PEDODONTICS (2.0 units)
  DLT 118A - CERAMICS (4.0 units)
  DLT 119A - PARTIAL DENTURES (4.0 units)
  DLT 201A - DIRECTED STUDIES IN BASIC DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)
  &
  Winter Intersession Second Year (4.5 units)
DLT 125 - CLINICAL EXPERIENCE (3.5 units)
  DLT 201B - DIRECTED STUDIES IN INTERMEDIATE DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)
  &
  Semester IV (13 units)
DLT 118B - ADVANCED CERAMICS (6.0 units)
  DLT 119B - PARTIAL DENTURES (2.0 units)
  DLT 124 - DENTAL LABORATORY MANAGEMENT (2.0 units)
  DLT 126 - TRANSITION TO DENTAL LABORATORY INDUSTRY (2.0 units)
  DLT 201C - DIRECTED STUDIES IN ADVANCED DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1.0 units)

Required Electives (3 Units)
Courses required for Certficate
  Summer Intersession First Year (3 units)
SPCH 001 - FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH (3.0 units)
  OR
  SPCH 010 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3.0 units)

Recommended Electives
  ART 025 - SCULPTURE (3.0 units)
  &
  ART 031A - COLOR AND COMPOSITION--TWO DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (3.0 units)
  &
  ART 034A - CRAFTS - MATERIALS AND PROCESSES (3.0 units)
  &
  BUS 013 - BUSINESS LECTURES (1.0 units)
  &
  BUS 116 - SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (3.0 units)
  &
  BUS 121 - WORKPLACE PREPARATION AND SKILLS (2.0 units)
  &
  DA 110 - INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL ESSENTIALS (3.0 units)
  &
  DA 112 - MEDICAL-DENTAL TERMINOLOGY (2.0 units)
  &
  ENGL 450 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH ESSENTIALS (3.0 units)
  &
  NURS 201 - BASIC STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN NURSING EDUCATION (1.0 units)
  &
  COUN 012 - PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3.0 units)
  &
  COUN 010 - INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE (1.0 units)
  &
  COUN 011 - LEARNING STRATEGIES AND COLLEGE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (1.0 units)
  &
  COUN 017 - CAREER PLANNING (2.0 units)