Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

A Tradition of Artistry and Excellence

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As the "artist" who must design and fabricate many different dental appliances, the dental laboratory technician serves a unique role on the professional dental team. The technician works with wax and a variety of metals, creating complex structures that duplicate tooth form and color using acrylic resins and porcelain.

PCC’s Dental Laboratory Technology program—the only one of its kind in Oregon—offers you the opportunity to train with advanced professionals. Our graduates are in high demand, and most find employment within six weeks of graduation.

Our technicians are trained in the art of basic crown and bridge fabrication, orthodontics and partial denture fabrication. In addition, our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is the link to file comments and/or complaints with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) about the program in relation to Accreditation Standards. (View the CODA Dental Accreditation standards.) It includes a broad-based curriculum in general areas of dental laboratory technology as well as specialty training in full denture fabrication and dental ceramics.

Our Dental Laboratory Technology program enables you to get the skills you need to become a dental laboratory technician, proficient in creating and modifying a variety of dental appliances.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

When all courses requirements have been completed with a C grade or higher, graduates will earn a two year certificate in Dental Laboratory Technology. With the addition of the general education degree requirements and completion of the college math and writing competencies, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. With either an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Dental Laboratory Technology, students are eligible for the national certification examination.

What's Next?

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  1. Attend an Information Session for the Allied Health Program in which you are interested.
  2. If you do not have the required program prerequisites (see catalog), apply for admission to PCC, register and complete prerequisites.
  3. Apply for admission to the Dental Laboratory Technology program.