Dental Technology

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Dental professionals make the world a better place one smile at a time. In our Dental Technology program, students learn the science and skills behind good oral health.

As they prepare to pursue employment or postsecondary education in the field of dentistry, students master the following skills:

  • Check vital signs, record dental/medical histories and practice standard patient care
  • Sterilize instruments, disinfect equipment and implement other infection control measures
  • Prepare for and assist with checkups, cleanings, operative dentistry procedures and orthodontics
  • Take maxillary, mandibular and panoramic X-rays with traditional and digital equipment

Working in a state-of-the-art program lab outfitted with seven exam stations, students hone their chairside skills by practicing on dental mannequins and each other. They also perform lab duties such as taking impressions, pouring models, trimming casts and making temporary crowns. Later students participate in clinical training at local dental practices and upperclassmen are encouraged to secure internship or co-op positions.

Hands-on training is augmented by instruction on anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. Students also explore dental specialties including oral surgery and pedodontics. Learning to use Eaglesoft, a popular dentist practice management software, is an important element of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Dental Technology students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider via American Heart Association
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®
  • Radiation Health & Safety via Dental Assisting National Board

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Dental Technology students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Harcum College
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Manor College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dental Office Receptionist
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant

with associate degree:

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Public Health Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Hygienist with Local Anesthesia

with doctoral degree:

  • General Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Periodontist

PROGRAM DETAILS

Teacher: Cindy Heil

Email: heilc@lcti.org

 

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Dental Technology program’s Occupational Advisory Committee:

  • Parkland Dental Center
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Mountainville Dental

Student Organizations

Dental Technology students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • HOSA
  • SkillsUSA

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Education Park Drive

Schnecksville, PA
18078

Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.