Dental Lab Technician

Pursue a career that combines artistry with computer digital technology

Students in the Dental Lab Technician program learn the art and science of designing and fabricating dental prosthesis, which includes full and partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, gold and porcelain crowns and bridges. Technological advances include computer-aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing which is in high demand. Students are prepared for employment through work-based learning credits in their second year of the program. Bates offers the only fully accredited ADA dental lab technician program in Washington State. If you want a career that combines artistry with computer digital technology, consider the Dental Lab Technician program.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Andrea Cobb
253.680.7185 | acobb@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Program Length: Eight Quarters

1. A high school diploma or GED.
2. Applicants must be fully ready to enter into general education courses. This entry requirement may be satisfied by providing the registrar with official transcripts showing completion of general education courses, or by satisfactory completion of placement tests that enable the student to enroll directly into required general education courses.
3. Students must take and satisfactorily complete a hands-on wax carving test.

Please note that lab coats are required at all times when you’re in the laboratory, per program accreditation standards.

  • National Median Salary$38,670
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings5,000

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Dental Lab Technician - Associate of Applied Science: 115 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
DENLB101 DENLB101 - Introduction to Dental Lab Technology
This course is an introduction to basic concepts of the dental laboratory industry: terminology, identification, weights and measures, health & safety practices, and the use of dental tools/machinery.
Must pass entrance requirement for program admittance 2
DENLB102 DENLB102 - Dental Anatomy I
This course is an introduction to tooth tissues and edentulous anatomy. The student will also learn tooth morphology and annotation.
3
DENLB103 DENLB103 - Dental Materials I
This course is an introduction to the various materials used in the first year of the dental laboratory program.
3
DENLB104 DENLB104 - Denture Processes I
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction and practice in the first laboratory processes involved in denture construction. The student will evaluate preliminary and final edentulous impressions; construct custom trays, baseplates and occlusal rims.
4
DENLB105 DENLB105 - Denture Processes II
This course is an introduction to the articulation, tooth selection, and arrangement of denture teeth, Festooning through deflasking, selective grinding, and the fabrication of the students first complete denture.
4
DENLB106 DENLB106 - Dental Anatomy II
This course is an introduction to the skeletal and muscular anatomy of the head and oral cavity. The student will also learn about the temporomandibular joint and how it functions.
2
DENLB107 DENLB107 - Denture Processes III
This course introduces the student to the fabrication techniques of an immediate denture, denture repairs, relines & rebases.
4
DENLB108 DENLB108 - Denture Processes IV
This course introduces the student to advanced concepts of esthetic tooth arrangement techniques that produce high quality dentures that enhance the age, sex, and personality of the individual patient.
3
DENLB110 DENLB110 - Introduction to Orthodontics
This course is an introduction to the various classifications of mal-occlusion, the fundamentals of wire bending, soldering, and orthodontic study models.
3
DENLB111 DENLB111 - Ortho Appliances - Fixed
This course introduces the student to the fabrication of fixed orthodontic holding appliances that are temporarily cemented in the mouth by the dentist.
3
DENLB112 DENLB112 - Ortho Appliances - Removable
This course introduces the student to the fabrication of removable orthodontic appliances that maintain tooth position and promote arch development. In addition the student will learn various repair techniques on these appliances.
3
DENLB120 DENLB120 - Removable Partial Dentures I
This course is an introduction to removable partial dentures. The student will learn the various classifications, design theory, survey techniques, and components for removable partial denture construction. In addition, the student will learn digital scanning and design techniques
3
DENLB121 DENLB121 - Removable Partial Dentures II
This course is the step by step process of preparing the master cast for partial denture construction. The student will learn model block out, duplication, refractory cast production, design transfer, wax up, and spruing through finishing. The student will then fabricate a Class l RPD framework.
3
DENLB122 DENLB122 - Removable Partial Dentures III
The student will build on the knowledge gained in DENLB 120 and 121 by fabricating a metal lingual bar, Kennedy bar, palatal strap, and closed horseshoe removable partial denture framework.
4
DENLB123 DENLB123 - Removable Partial Dentures IV
In this course the student will set teeth on an upper and lower removable partial denture fabricated in DENLB 122. They will then process with an acrylic base and finish. In addition, the student will learn reline, repair, and rebase techniques for removable partial denture frameworks.
3
DENLB124 DENLB124 - Advanced Dentures
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of making an advanced denture using their basic learning skills.
3
DENLB125 DENLB125 - Advanced Orthodontics
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of making an orthodontic appliance using their basic learning skills.
3
DENLB126 DENLB126 - Advanced RPDs
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of making an advanced Removable Partial Denture using their basic learning skills.
3
DENLB201 DENLB201 - Tooth Morphology Practicum
This course is designed to provide the student with a practical study of the individual teeth. Students will draw the individual teeth to scale from the linek manual. The student will also learn to build up tooth form with various colors of waxes to recognize how the anatomy of the natural tooth relates to each other and the overall form of the tooth.
5
DENLB202 DENLB202 - Dental Materials II
This course introduces the student to materials that are used in fixed restorations. Students will be introduced to the basics of chemistry by learning about metallurgy and their chemical and physical properties. Additionally, the student will gain an understanding of weights, measures, and calculations, processing of alloys, metal treatment and torch techniques as well as metal sensitivities. The student will then be introduced to porcelain, its chemical composition, properties, application, and manufacturing.
2
DENLB203 DENLB203 - Fixed Prosthodontics I
This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of fabricating individual metal crowns. The student will learn the steps involved in fabricating gold inlays, onlays, & crowns.
5
DENLB204 DENLB204 - Principles of Occlusion
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of occlusion, including the anatomical structures of the oral cavity, the determinants of occlusal morphology, malaligned teeth versus ideal teeth and the physiology of mandibular movements as they relate to the fabrication of dental restorations.
2
DENLB205 DENLB205 - Fixed Prosthodontics II
This course is designed to provide the step-by-step procedures in fabricating metal bridges, post-soldering, fabricating provisionals, & fabrication of reduction copings.
5
DENLB206 DENLB206 - Ceramics I
An introduction to the theory and practice of fabricating fixed porcelain prosthesis. The student will learn about the history of ceramics with old technologies as well as new technologies such as layering a Zirconia coping, Emax, and titanium copings. The student will fabricate modelwork for their ceramic units.
2
DENLB207 DENLB207 - Understructure Design
This course is an introduction to the understructure design for porcelain fused to metal crowns, waxing, and porcelain margin cut back, investing, & finishing the alloy for preparation for porcelain.
5
DENLB208 DENLB208 - Ethics, Jurisprudence and Laboratory Management
This course is designed to provide the student with the history of the dental profession, the legal obligations of the dental technician under State Dental Practice Acts, ethical responsibilities of the technician towards the dental profession, and the fundamentals of the day to day operation of a dental laboratory.
3
DENLB209 DENLB209 - Ceramics II
This course will assist the student in following the step by step processes in the application of porcelain to metal understructure. The student will also learn about color in dentistry and taking shades.
5
DENLB211 DENLB211 - Ceramics III
This course will assist the student in following the step by step processes in the fabrication of Emax pressable porcelain crowns & veneers.
4
DENLB212 DENLB212 - Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of fabricating dental prosthetics digitally with an understanding of the various systems available as it pertains to open and closed architecture. Students will also learn a general understanding about material selection for the final prostheses. They will gain an understanding by digitally manipulating and morphing teeth, importing and exporting stl. digital files, nesting and computer aided manufacturing of digital design fabrications. The student will by computer aided design and manufacturing of individual copings and full wax units.
5
DENLB213 DENLB213 - Advanced Technologies
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of an advanced project using two of their basic learning skills.
4
DENLB214 DENLB214 - Advanced Crown and Bridge
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of an advanced project using their basic learning skills.
3
DENLB215 DENLB215 - Advanced Dental Ceramics
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of an advanced project using two their basic learning skills.
3

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
DENLB296 DENLB296 - Work-based Learning Seminar
Work-based learning (WBL) allows students to participate in on-the-job training in the field in which they are studying. They apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to specific areas of employment in a variety of businesses/industries in the area. The learning activity is based on a written agreement with the participating training provider.
1
DENLB297 DENLB297 - Work-based Learning Experience
Students enroll in the work-based learning seminar in order to receive an orientation to the work-based learning experience. Faculty meets with the students to provide support and assistance during the experience.
3

Dental Lab Technician - Certificate of Competency: 62 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
DENLB101 DENLB101 - Introduction to Dental Lab Technology
This course is an introduction to basic concepts of the dental laboratory industry: terminology, identification, weights and measures, health & safety practices, and the use of dental tools/machinery.
Must pass entrance requirement for program admittance 2
DENLB102 DENLB102 - Dental Anatomy I
This course is an introduction to tooth tissues and edentulous anatomy. The student will also learn tooth morphology and annotation.
3
DENLB103 DENLB103 - Dental Materials I
This course is an introduction to the various materials used in the first year of the dental laboratory program.
3
DENLB104 DENLB104 - Denture Processes I
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction and practice in the first laboratory processes involved in denture construction. The student will evaluate preliminary and final edentulous impressions; construct custom trays, baseplates and occlusal rims.
4
DENLB105 DENLB105 - Denture Processes II
This course is an introduction to the articulation, tooth selection, and arrangement of denture teeth, Festooning through deflasking, selective grinding, and the fabrication of the students first complete denture.
4
DENLB106 DENLB106 - Dental Anatomy II
This course is an introduction to the skeletal and muscular anatomy of the head and oral cavity. The student will also learn about the temporomandibular joint and how it functions.
2
DENLB107 DENLB107 - Denture Processes III
This course introduces the student to the fabrication techniques of an immediate denture, denture repairs, relines & rebases.
4
DENLB108 DENLB108 - Denture Processes IV
This course introduces the student to advanced concepts of esthetic tooth arrangement techniques that produce high quality dentures that enhance the age, sex, and personality of the individual patient.
3
DENLB110 DENLB110 - Introduction to Orthodontics
This course is an introduction to the various classifications of mal-occlusion, the fundamentals of wire bending, soldering, and orthodontic study models.
3
DENLB111 DENLB111 - Ortho Appliances - Fixed
This course introduces the student to the fabrication of fixed orthodontic holding appliances that are temporarily cemented in the mouth by the dentist.
3
DENLB112 DENLB112 - Ortho Appliances - Removable
This course introduces the student to the fabrication of removable orthodontic appliances that maintain tooth position and promote arch development. In addition the student will learn various repair techniques on these appliances.
3
DENLB120 DENLB120 - Removable Partial Dentures I
This course is an introduction to removable partial dentures. The student will learn the various classifications, design theory, survey techniques, and components for removable partial denture construction. In addition, the student will learn digital scanning and design techniques
3
DENLB122 DENLB122 - Removable Partial Dentures III
The student will build on the knowledge gained in DENLB 120 and 121 by fabricating a metal lingual bar, Kennedy bar, palatal strap, and closed horseshoe removable partial denture framework.
4
DENLB123 DENLB123 - Removable Partial Dentures IV
In this course the student will set teeth on an upper and lower removable partial denture fabricated in DENLB 122. They will then process with an acrylic base and finish. In addition, the student will learn reline, repair, and rebase techniques for removable partial denture frameworks.
3
DENLB124 DENLB124 - Advanced Dentures
In this course students will apply the theoretical knowledge and their experience with the step-by-step process of making an advanced denture using their basic learning skills.
3

Students prepare for employment in dental laboratories, fabricating orthodontic appliances, complete and partial dentures, and gold or porcelain crowns and bridges. The curriculum complies with American Dental Association guidelines and is the only fully accredited ADA dental lab technician program in Washington State. Instructors of this program are certified, dental technicians.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Fabricate complete denture prostheses (removable).
  2. Use work practices and safety protocols that promote a safe and sanitary environment.
  3. Apply general laboratory techniques to prepare and evaluate impressions and casts
  4. Fabricate a variety of orthodontic appliances.
  5. Fabricate custom impression trays, baseplates, and bite rims.
  6. Practice within the legal and ethical framework of the profession.
  7. Collect diagnostic treatment data.
  8. Fabricate Partial Denture prostheses to advanced competency standards.
  9. Fabricate fixed Crown & Bridge prostheses to advanced competency standards.
  10. Fabricate fixed porcelain-to-metal prostheses to advanced competency standards.
  11. Demonstrate business practices and procedures appropriate to managing or owning a dental laboratory business.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Robert Criss, M.Ed., CDT, TE

    253.680.7313 | Email

  • Kristina Merriman, CDT, TE

    253.680.7312 | Email