Pursue a career in the denturist field

Denturists are licensed specialists who make, fit, and repair complete and partial removable dentures. Bates Technical College is the only college in Washington state that offers a nationally accredited denturist program. Instruction includes anatomy, physiology, microbiology, ethics, medical emergencies, office management, and clinical/laboratory techniques as they apply to denture practices. Students receive clinical experience in an on-campus denturist clinic that is open to the public. Upon graduation, students are prepared to sit for the denturist’s license examination in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Arizona. New students are accepted into the program every fall and spring.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7002 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Thur, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • 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.

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DENTURIST - Associate of Applied Science: 120 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
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

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
DNTU101 DNTU101 - Aspepsis, Infection, Hazard Control
In this course studenets will learn appropriate application of infection prevention and control train in safety procedures including OSHA/WSHA and infection control compliance for Denturists offices and laboratories. This includes a special emphasis on the materials, hazardous materials, interpreting MSDSs, equipment, and procedures mandated in the dental environment for protection of staff and patients from infection by infectious disease organisms. Students also complete the State of Washington Aids Awareness Course.10
DNTU102 DNTU102 - Biological Concepts
This course focuses on cell biology, microbiology, developmental embryology, and histology with an emphasis on the oral cavity
DNTU103 DNTU103 - Introduction to Complete Denture Prosthodontics
This course covers the basic anatomy of the residual ridge and surrounding structures as well as primary and final impressions of these ridges using the proper materials and trays. Impressions are poured and trimmed with proper materials and techniques
DNTU104 DNTU104 - Baseplates and Occlusion Rims
This course covers fabricate base plates and occlusal rims using various materials in preparation for tooth setting
DNTU105 DNTU105 - Tooth Selection and Set I
This course covers proper tooth selection and ordering techniques and then start their required lab set ups
DNTU106 DNTU106 - Dental Materials I
This course covers various dental gypsum and impression material
DNTU107 DNTU107 - Denture Techniques
This course covers the wax up, processing, and other lab steps needed to supply a proper prosthesis for a patient
DNTU108 DNTU108 - Complete Denture Fabrication I
In the complete denture fabrication I practical lab, students develop and apply the proper techniques in set up, processing and polishing an acrylic RPD (flipper)
DNTU109 DNTU109 - Dental Office Management I
In the dental office management I clinical lab, students identify proper patient record keeping. In addition, individual policy and informational hand outs are completed in preparation for actual clinical cases
DNTU110 DNTU110 - Head Anatomy and Physiology I
This course introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the head, neck, temporomandibular joint, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic system, skeletal system, digestive system, and dental anatomy related to sinuses, glands, teeth, periodontal structures, and other oral structures
DNTU111 DNTU111 - Tooth Selection and Set II
This course continues DNTU 105 with further required lab set up
DNTU112 DNTU112 - Medical Emergencies
This course focuses on first aid and CPR procedures in simulated situations. This includes the provider CPR/first aid course. Health histories are taken and analyzed for information important to needed patient care
DNTU114 DNTU114 - Clinical Denture Fabrication II
This course is a continuance of DNTU108, students will apply techniques previously learned in DNTU 108 and work on real patient cases when available
DNTU115 DNTU115 - Partial Dental Casts
This course introduces students to area of removable partial dentures including theory, clinical classification and evaluation
DNTU116 DNTU116 - Framework Design -RFD
In this course students survey study models and design practical cases
DNTU117 DNTU117 - Dental Office Management II
In this course students perform proper scheduling, billing and HIPPA privacy requirements on actual cases
DNTU118 DNTU118 - Clinical Denture Procedures I
This practical clinical denture procedures I course, students will prepare proper room set up and tear down procedures for clinical cases along with clinical instrument processing. All clinical aspects of assigned pt cases are accomplished
DNTU119 DNTU119 - Dental Impressions Procedures I
In the practical dental impressions procedures I clinical experience, students will perform impressions on patient cases assigned by instructors
DNTU120 DNTU120 - Head Anatomy and Physiology II
This course completes the remaining anatomical systems not covered in DNTU 110
DNTU121 DNTU121 - Tooth Selection and Set III
This practical lab course complete their required set ups of cross-bite cases and a timed 20 degree
DNTU123 DNTU123 - Complete Denture Repair I
In this course students complete denture repairs on clinical cases
DNTU124 DNTU124 - RPD Frames Fabrication
This course requires students to complete cast designs on paper, student continues to survey and design cases 8-15 on lab models
DNTU125 DNTU125 - Oral Pathology
This course is the continuance of the iIntroducetion Oral Pathology I, students will apply prior skills, and theory to fulfill the oral pathology studies
DNTU126 DNTU126 - Clinical Denture Procedures II
This course is a practical learning experience to learn proper room set up and tear down procedures for clinical cases along with clinical instrument processing. Actual patients are treated during this course toward their total of 10
DNTU127 DNTU127 - Dental Impressions Procedures II
In this course students perform impressions, bite registrations and proper mounting on clinical cases assigned during this semester
DNTU128 DNTU128 - Fabrication Clinical II
In this practical lab experience students complete the required clinical case lab work assigned to them this semester
DNTU129 DNTU129 - Polish Methods - RPD Frames
In this course students follow proper techniques to blockout and duplicate cases prior to waxing up RPDs. Then students will observe how finished frameworks are tried into the mouth
DNTU131 DNTU131 - Wax Patterns - Partials
In this course students perform framework wax ups on assigned practical cases
DNTU132 DNTU132 - Teeth Arrangement - RPD
In this course students set teeth in partials opposing dentures, other RPDs or natural teeth, as well as completing the RAP lab practical case
DNTU135 DNTU135 - Introduction to Oral Pathology I
This course is an introduction to Oral Pathology
DNTU136 DNTU136 - Clinical Denture Procedures III
In the clinical denture procedures III practical lab experience, requires students perform the necessary clinical work on assigned patient cases
DNTU138 DNTU138 - Fabrication Clinical III
The fabrication clinical III lab, is required work for their clinical cases assigned to them this semester
DNTU139 DNTU139 - Dental Office Management III
In this course students will apply professional office management skills pertaining to proper scheduling, billing and HIPPA privacy requirements on actual cases.
DNTU201 DNTU201 - Complete Denture Repair II
In the complete denture repair II practical lab course, students practice the proper techniques used to accomplish complex repairs on dentures
DNTU203 DNTU203 - RPD Repair Methods
In this course students apply skills in the lab utilizing techniques unique to partial denture repair/relines
DNTU204 DNTU204 - Dental Office Management IV
In the dental office management IV course, students will complete their record treatment documentation on their clinical cases and transfer any unfinished cases. State laws dealing with records are discussed
DNTU205 DNTU205 - Denture Adjustments
In this course students perform post-insertion adjustments of their clinical cases as needed
DNTU206 DNTU206 - Ethics and Jurisprudence
In this course, federal and State laws are discussed as they relate to licensing. Ethics pertaining to a licensed healthcare professional are discussed
DNTU207 DNTU207 - Malocclusions
In this coursestudents study different occlusal schemes and perform face-bow remounts and occlusal corrections of clinical cases where needed
DNTU208 DNTU208 - Clincial Denture Procedures IV
In this clinical denture labIV course students continue to complete their clinical cases and are given opportunities to practice unique, specialized techniques found in industry
DNTU210 DNTU210 - Geriatric Patient Needs
In this course students specifically focus on the geriatric patient needs by identifying the many unique requirements, both physically and psychologically
DNTU211 DNTU211 - Fabrication Clincal IV
In the frabrication clinical IV course students will complete the lab portions required clinical cases assigned to them this semester.
DNTU212 DNTU212 - Alternative RPD Systems
In this course students will research the history of implants and the numerous systems available for us
DNTU214 DNTU214 - Advanced Special Services
This course provides students the opportunity to research and seek further into the an area of study that has increased their interest in previous courses. This course also prepares students for the Com. Denture final exam.
DNTU215 DNTU215 - Advanced Dental Appliances
In this course students discuss and when available work on advanced cases such as gasket retained dentures, swing lock and dual-path RPDs. If and when other rem. appliances become part of the denturist scope of practice, bleaching trays, nightguards and bruxing appliances will be taught in this course
DNTU220 DNTU220 - Dental Office Management V
In the dental office management V clinical lab, students will complete their record treatment documentation on their clinical cases including scheduling both clinic appointments and required lab time. State laws dealing with records are discussed and the State on-line jurisprudence exam is taken prior to Board application
DNTU222 DNTU222 - Fabrication Clincal V
In the fabrication clinical V course, students are to complete the lab portions of required clinical cases assigned to them this semester.
DNTU223 DNTU223 - Dental Office Management VI
In this course students complete their record treatment documentation on their clinical cases and transfer any unfinished cases. State laws dealing with records are discussed and the State on-line jurisprudence exam is taken prior to Board application
DNTU229 DNTU229 - Clinical Denture Procedures V
The clinical denture procedures V clinical lab course, is a continuance for students to complete their 10 required clinical cases and are given opportunities to practice unique, specialized techniques found in industry
DNTU233 DNTU233 - Finish Methods RPD
This course is final review of all previous lab and clinical cases is accomplished and then the RPD final exam is taken.


Course ID Title Credits
DNTU296 DNTU296 - Work-Based Learning
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.

Bates Technical College is the only college in Washington State to offer a denturist training program. Denturists are licensed specialists who make, fit, and repair complete and partial dentures. In order to meet the requirements of the denturist profession, candidates must obtain training at an accredited college to qualify to sit for the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Arizona denturists license examination. Instruction includes anatomy, physiology, microbiology, ethics, medical emergencies, office management, and clinical/laboratory techniques as they apply to denture practices. Students receive clinical experience in the on-campus denturist clinic which provides services to the public. New students may enter the program at the beginning of fall and spring quarters.

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

  1. Apply principles of anatomy and physiology in the assessment and design of dental prosthetics.
  2. Identify dental and oral diseases and disorders.
  3. Perform a complete visual/digital oral examination and evaluation of the patient.
  4. Apply principles of materials science in the development of dental prosthetics.
  5. Classify prescription drugs and their contraindications related to the design and fitting of dental prosthetics.
  6. Devise treatment plans specific to individual patient conditions.
  7. Design and fabricate dentures.
  8. Perform any adjunctive services such as repair, relines, or adjustments of removable denture.
  9. Supervises auxiliary personnel in the performance of their delegated duties.

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

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


  • Naser Al-Tameemi

    253.680.7270 | Email

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