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Durham Technical Community College

About Durham Technical Community College

Durham Tech is a growing institution in North Carolina, serving more than 18,000 students annually across seven campuses in Durham and Orange counties while also providing various online courses. The college is accredited and offers more than 100 associate degrees and certificates for students seeking university transfer or immediate employment. The College has opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students, international students, veterans, and adults looking to complete their high school educations. Durham Tech programs include the arts, engineering, education, health technologies, information technology, public safety, and business administration. Continuing education courses include career enhancement in automotive, culinary arts, hospitality, and biotechnology; English as a second language; and personal enrichment opportunities such as gardening, health and wellness, and photography. Classes available on campus as well as online. Financial aid available to those who qualify.

Dental Laboratory Technology

The Dental Laboratory Technology program teaches the techniques and skills that enable graduates to fabricate artificial dental restorations, as prescribed by a licensed practicing dentist, and to function effectively in the dental laboratory.

With specialized hand instruments and equipment, the dental laboratory technician uses materials such as gypsum, waxes, acrylics, ceramics, and metals to fabricate complete and partial dentures, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances. Many dental laboratory technicians specialize in crowns and bridges, dentures, or dental ceramics. They may be employed by dentists, commercial dental laboratories, schools of dentistry, or Veterans Administration hospitals. Companies manufacturing dental materials and equipment also employ technicians as sales representatives.

This curriculum includes courses in complete and partial denture techniques, crown and bridge techniques, ceramics, and orthodontic techniques. Students gain practical experience during their fifth semester of study when they are introduced to actual laboratory work through rotations to off-campus laboratory sites.

Graduates of the five-semester day program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Certificate options are available in Cast Partial Denture Techniques, Complete Denture Techniques, Crown and Bridge Techniques, and Dental Ceramic Techniques.


Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.


Learn more at the Durham Technical Community College website.

Campus Location

1637 East Lawson Street




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