Dental Technology

Course Overview

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 course lab outfitted with the latest industry-standard equipment, including SawStop saws for enhanced safety, students first master fundamentals like using hand and power tools, building walls and hanging doors. Later, they advance to installing siding, framing staircases and estimating material costs. Along the way, they learn how concepts like green building and universal design are applicable in the field.

Upperclassmen gain real-world experience by tackling carpentry projects for community schools or nonprofit organizations and securing co-op positions with local contractors. Practicing job site safety, learning to work in teams and adhering to building codes, zoning regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements are important elements of the course, too.

Course Details

Course length: 9 months

Next start date(s): Fall 2024 dates TBD

Tentative schedule: 8:15 am – 2:45 pm, M-F

Credentials & college credit

Students who complete our course earn the following industry-recognized credentials:

  • 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

Students who complete our course are well-positioned to earn associate degrees at the following school(s):

  • Harcum College
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Manor College

Career pathways

with credentials earned at LCTI:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dental Office Receptionist

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

Learn more about potential career pathways.

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Schnecksville, PA

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