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 Program Coordinator - Mr. Willie Johnson

Willie Johnson, Dental Lab Instructor/Program Director
Phone: 404-225-4558
Email:
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies

 

Dental Laboratory Technology

Program Overview

The Dental Laboratory Technology accredited program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today\\\'s dental laboratories. The Dental Laboratory Technology program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of dental laboratory technology. Graduates of the program receive a dental laboratory technology diploma and are eligible to sit for a National Board of Certification Recognized Graduate examination.

Entrance Requirements

* Must be 16 years of age * Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply * Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math * Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar. Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (66 hours)
Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3
45
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Technical Courses (57 hours)
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Focuses on normal head and neck anatomy. Topics include: osteology of the skull, muscles of mastication and facial expression, temporal mandibular joint, blood lymphatic and nerve supply of the head, salivary glands and related structures and structures of the head and neck.
This course provides students with an overview of dentistry and dental technology. Topics include: historical aspects of dentistry; ethics and jurisprudence related to the dental laboratory; classification, structure, and behavior of pathogenic microbes; body's defense and immunity; modes of disease transmission; CDC, NADL, USPH, and OSHA guidelines for infection control; introduction to equipment; and dental materials.
Introduces the student to the materials used in the dental office and dental laboratory. General chemical and physical science are discussed and applied to the selection and use of materials in the laboratory. Topics include: general chemistry and physics, impression materials, gypsum products, waxes, metallurgy, resins and ceramics, and dental abrasives and polishes.
DELA
1030
4
105
Focuses on oral anatomy, dental anatomy, and occlusion with the emphasis on dental morphology. Laboratory exercises incorporate waxing procedures. Topics include: dental terminology, tooth morphology and waxing procedures, and primary and mixed dentition.
2
45
Emphasizes advanced techniques in waxing of restorations. Laboratory exercises incorporate waxing of cusp-fossa and cusp-ridge centric occlusion on adjustable articulators. Topics include: tooth landmarks, TMJ functions, dental articulators, and positive waxing techniques.
4
105
Introduces the materials and techniques used in the fabrication of removable partial dentures. Topics include: materials used in removable partial dentures, preparatory procedures, removable partial denture fabrication procedures, and post-fabrication procedures.
DELA
1120
4
105
Introduces the materials and techniques used in the fabrication of fixed crown and bridge restorations. Topics include: materials used in crown and bridge fabrication, preparatory procedures, fixed crown and bridge fabrication procedures, and post-fabrication procedures.
DELA
1130
4
105
Focuses on complete denture fabrication from the preliminary impression to the finished denture. Topics include: materials used in complete dentures, preparatory procedures for complete dentures, complete denture fabrication procedures, and post-fabrication procedures.
DELA
1140
4
105
Introduces the materials and techniques used in the fabrication of dental ceramic restorations. Topics include: materials used in dental ceramics; preparatory procedures; ceramic fabrication procedures; and post-fabrication procedures.
2
45
Introduces the principles of orthodontic treatment with removable appliances. Topics include: principles of occlusion and malocclusion, materials and instruments, orthodontic model preparation, design of orthodontic appliances, and advances in orthodontic treatment.
Focuses on the necessary information and techniques needed to manage a dental laboratory. Topics include: dental laboratory ownership, organization, and management; marketing; personnel management; production management; finances; and continuous quality improvement.
This course focuses on skills in advanced concepts in removable partial dentures. Topics include: research in removable partial dentures, removable partial denture preparatory procedures, removable partial denture fabrication procedures, and advanced concepts in removable partial dentures.
3
105
This course focuses on skills in advanced concepts in crown and bridge. Topics include: research in crown and bridge; crown and bridge preparatory procedures; crown and bridge fabrication procedures; and advanced concepts in crown and bridge.
3
105
This course focuses on skills in advanced concepts in complete dentures. Topics include: research in complete dentures; complete denture preparatory procedures; complete denture fabrication procedures; and advanced concepts in complete dentures.
3
105
This course focuses on skills in advanced concepts in dental ceramics. Topics include: research in complete ceramics; dental ceramics preparatory procedures; dental ceramics fabrication procedures; and advanced concepts in dental ceramics.
Select One Of The Following Specializations (7 hours)
This course introduces students to the application and reinforcement of basic fixed prosthodontic principles in an actual job setting or practicum experience. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations on the job. Topics include, but are not limited to: problem solving, adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, interpretation of work authorizations, application of basic fixed prosthodontic techniques, and professional development. The occupation-based instruction is implemented through the use of written individualized training plans, written performance evaluation, and required practicum or on-the-job training.
This course introduces students to the application and reinforcement of basic removable prosthodontic principles in an actual job setting or practicum experience. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations on the job. Topics include, but are not limited to: problem solving, adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, interpretation of work authorizations, application of basic removable prosthodontic techniques, and professional development. The occupation-based instruction is implemented through the use of written individualized training plans, written performance evaluation, a required weekly seminar, and required practicum or on-the-job training.