Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Dental Technology

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms including summer)

Accreditation
The Dental Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take the Recognized Graduate examination, which is one of the first steps leading to certification as a certified dental technician (CDT). This examination is administered by the National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Artistic and creative abilities are valuable assets for a dental technologist. By using various processes, a dental technologist improves patients' quality of life, appearance and health. Technologists play a significant role in the delivery of dental health care.

Dental Technology is a flexible career offering several opportunities for advancement. Experienced technologists can find well-paid positions in commercial laboratories based on their technical and communication skills, become department heads in larger laboratories where they would have supervisory responsibilities, or potentially own their own laboratory. Dental technologists also may teach courses in educational programs and apply their knowledge to research, sales and/or marketing of prosthetic materials, instruments and equipment.

Career opportunities: With advancements in technology and materials, there is an increased demand for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. As a result, there currently is a great demand for dental technologist. Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the next century (statement from the American Dental Association).

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

DEN-120

Dental Anatomy*

3

DLT-156

Dental Anatomy Lab

2

DLT-152

DLT Oral Anatomy

1

DLT-251

Introduction to Dentures

5

DLT-250

Foundation of Dental Technology

3

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy*

1

 

 

17

Term 2-Spring

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication*

3

DLT-565

Occlusion

2

DLT-445

Orthodontics

3

DLT-253

Introduction to Partial Dentures

5

DLT-254

Introduction to Crown and Bridge

5

 

 

18

Term 3-Summer

DLT-353

Dental Technology Industry

2

DLT-355

Digital Dentistry

2

DLT-456

Introduction to Ceramics

5

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Humanities Elective*

3

 

 

12

Term 4-Fall

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

DLT-350

Fixed Dental Prosthodontics

5

DLT-351

Removable Dental Prosthodontics

5

DLT-851

DLT Clinic I

1

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology* OR

3

SOC-110

Introduction to Sociology*

 

 

 

17

Term 5-Spring

DLT-451

Advanced Fixed Dental Prosthodontics OR

12

DLT-452

Advanced Removable Dental Prosthodontics

 

MAT-772

Applied Math*

3

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

79

Optional

DLT-450

Advanced Orthodontics

8

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

+or MAT-700 Basic Math, 3 credits, or any college-level math course.

Note: Minimum C- required in all Dental Technology classes.

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