What you will learn
The graduate of the VCC Dental Technology Sciences program will have the skills and abilities to:
Design, fabricate, modify and repair removable oral/dental prostheses;
Design, fabricate, modify and repair fixed oral/dental prostheses;
Design, fabricate, modify and repair oral/dental appliances used in orthodontics, oral and maxillo-facial surgery and other dental treatments;
Integrate general knowledge of dental laboratory procedures, physics and chemistry principles, associated with the fabrication of oral appliances and dental restorations;
Assess the characteristics and properties of dental materials associated with the fabrication of oral appliances and dental restorations and make decisions about their appropriate application in practice;
Assess the characteristics and operation of equipment and special instrumentation associated with the fabrication of oral appliances and dental restorations and make decisions about their appropriate application in practice;
Assess the fundamental elements of dental anatomy, dental physiology, dental morphology and basic elements of oral pathological conditions and apply relevant knowledge to dental technology practice;
Practice current workplace health and safety standards including dental laboratory asepsis, and infection control;
Apply essential elements and skills of behavioural sciences, communications, professional ethics, legal obligations and business management to dental technology practice;
- Make decisions that reflect critical thinking and problem solving; integrate pertinent theoretical knowledge and empirical data and information literacy skills to justify and/or revise services.
What to expect
The Dental Technology Sciences program is competency based and utilizes a variety of teaching and learning activities to enable students to achieve core professional competencies. Theory and authentic laboratory practical experiences are provided throughout. More than 50% of the program is based on practical experience in VCC dental laboratories. Skills and abilities are based on the National Dental Laboratory Technology competencies (May 2012) and Provincial Standards of Practice.
Learning is fostered through classroom theory (lecture), demonstrations, simulations, seminars, group work, case studies, project work, laboratory practice and practicum.
Throughout the program communication and other interpersonal skills, teamwork strategies, self and peer evaluation, critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving are reinforced. Quality practice skills are learned such as time and self-management.
Admission to the Dental Technology Sciences program is on a competitive selection basis. Applicants must possess:
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- English 12 with a C + or better or equivalent
- Human Biology 12 with a C+ or better or equivalent
- Chemistry 11 or Math 11 or Physics 11 with C+ or better or equivalent
- Complete and submit to VCC Registrar's Office a Career Investigation and Summary Report
Foreign trained applicants are required to submit an ICES comprehensive evaluation. Email ICES at email@example.com or call toll free 1.866.434.9197 for more information.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
Good health including good eyesight and hearing.
Manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Ability to give close attention to detail for sustained periods of time.
Ability to work accurately and neatly, and to manage time effectively.
Good command of spoken and written English
High standards of personal integrity and maturity.
Ability to take initiative and handle responsibility.
Program general hours
Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some activities may require a variance of these times to accommodate specific needs.
|DENT 1110||Biosciences 1||4|
|DENT 1120||Dental Laboratory Sciences 1||4|
|DENT 1130||Professional Practice 1||1|
|DENT 1100||Dental Technology Foundations||11|
|DENT 1210||Biosciences 2||1|
|DENT 1220||Dental Laboratory Sciences 2||4|
|DENT 1240||Removable Prosthetics 1||6|
|DENT 1250||Fixed Prosthetics 1||6|
|DENT 1260||Orthodontics 1||3|
|DENT 2320||Dental Laboratory Sciences 3||3|
|DENT 2330||Professional Practice 2||1|
|DENT 2340||Removable Prosthetics 2||6|
|DENT 2350||Fixed Prosthetics 2||7|
|DENT 2360||Orthodontics 2||3|
|DENT 2440||Removable Prosthetics 3||8|
|DENT 2450||Fixed Prosthetics 3||8|
|DENT 2460||Orthodontics 3||4|
|DENT 2530||Professional Practice 3||1|
|DENT 2510||Dental Technology Practicum||19|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
10188 - Year 1
10188 - Year 2
0 - Year 3
0 - Year 4
|Materials||249||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||560|
|Program specific extra fees||22|
- Textbooks - Approx. $500
- Student kits - Approx. $5100 + tax
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 4V5