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Career FAQ: Dental Technology Sciences Diploma

Posted on October 4, 2021


VCC is the only public post-secondary institution in B.C. offering a Dental Technology Sciences Diploma. Students learn traditional and digital technologies used in the design and fabrication of dental restorative prostheses, orthodontic appliances, and implant-supported restorations to work as professional and licensed Dental Technicians.


What do dental technicians do?

  • Design and make dental devices like crowns and bridges, dentures, orthodontics, and sports and night guards

Where might VCC graduates find employment?

  • There are well over 200 registered dental laboratories in British Columbia. Most laboratories are in Metro Vancouver, and many on Vancouver Island and in the interior regions of the province.
  • Laboratory sizes can range from a one-person operation to corporations employing more than 200 persons.


How does VCC connect students to employment opportunities?

  • This program includes a 15-week external practicum during the 5th Semester.
  • Students are placed in commercial laboratories with invaluable experiential learning, and the placement provides an excellent opportunity to develop a network of potential employers.
  • Employers reach out to the VCC in search of possible employees, as there is a shortage of skilled dental technicians in our province.

How much do VCC graduates make?

  • New graduate: $20 - $21 per hour
  • Alumni: $25 – $40 per hour
  • Many VCC alumni become supervisors and Laboratory Owners with more earnings.
  • Annual Median Salary in B.C.: approximately $50,000

What are some examples of recent job opportunities as of September 2021?


What are the admissions requirements?

  • Grade 12 graduation
  • IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0), or Duolingo 105, or equivalent
  • Human Biology 12 with a C+
  • One of the following with a C+ grade: Chemistry 11, Math 11 or Physics 11
  • Portfolio
  • Qualified applicants will be required to have an interview with VCC


More Information about this program?

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