Dental Technology

Dental Technology

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Kirkwood’s Dental Technology program — one of only 13 accredited programs in the nation and the only one in Iowa — prepares you in five specialty areas: dentures, partial dentures, ceramics, orthodontics, and crowns and bridges.

The goal and challenge for a dental technician is to create a restoration that is a perfect match to a patient’s natural tooth. Artistic and creative abilities are valuable assets for a dental technician.

During your training, you'll work with commercial dental laboratories, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and the UI Hospitals & Clinics' Hospital Dentistry to gain hands-on experience.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Dental Technology program!

Graduates of the Dental Technology program will be able to:

  • Apply natural and physical sciences
  • Manipulate dental materials
  • Fabricate prosthodontics
  • Perform dental lab management
  • Comply with safety and health regulations

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Additional Program Requirements

To get into the Dental Technology program, you must meet the following additional standards. These steps/requirements are in addition to Kirkwood's steps to become a student:

  • Attend the Program Conference
  • Apply to program
  • Have placement test scores or course equivalents on file with Allied Health office. If college level placement is not met, students are recommended to meet with an advisor.

Kirkwood and Dental Technology admissions policies and procedures are subject to change at anytime. After all admissions criteria is met, students are accepted or placed on the waitlist to the Dental Technology program.

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The Dental Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance with 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.

The mission of the Dental Technology program is to prepare a diverse group of competent, ethical dental technologists who are assets to the field of dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Good eye/hand coordination and attention to detail.

General education courses are a good place to start. The curriculum sheet identifies those classes which can be taken before beginning the program. Let us know, and we will assist you with registration.

Clinic sites can be anywhere in Iowa. We attempt to assign a clinic site within traveling distance of our main campus.

Between $10-$18 per hour, depending on the location of the laboratory and the efficiency of the graduate. Salary potential drastically escalates as proficiency is proven. There is no salary ceiling since technicians can own their own laboratories.

No. Certification is not required, but it does demonstrate professional competence. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. The exam can be taken after successfully completing the Recognized Graduate exam. Only one specialty may be taken at a time. The majority of the managers, department supervisors and lab owners are certified.

A graduate who is flexible, has a good work ethic, is dependable and can follow directions is a valuable employee. Since a lab produces dental products, efficient employees are valuable and earn better salaries.


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