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, 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 behavioral 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 55% of the program is designed for competency based practical experiences. Skills and abilities are based on the National Dental Laboratory Technology competencies (May 2012) (currently under revision) 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.
- Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
English 12 with a minimum 'C +' grade, or English Language Proficiency for Dental Technology Sciences, or equivalent. Acceptable tests and score requirements are posted on the VCC Web site. http://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/english-language-proficiency-requirements/
- Human Biology 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
- Knowledge of science and/or mathematics demonstrated through one of the following:
- Chemistry 11 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent, or
- Math 11 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent, or
- Physics 11 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
- All qualified candidates who meet the admissions requirements will submit a portfolio demonstrating their aptitude for the Dental Technology profession, per the Dental Tech portfolio submission guidelines.
- All qualified candidates who meet the admissions requirements will be required to take part in an interview with the department by means of face-to-face or videoconferencing.
- The top-ranked qualified applicants are offered seats.
- Current Basic First Aid and CPR-Level C
All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. View the Request for Transfer Credit form at https://www.vcc.ca/media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/forms/transfer-credit-form.pdf
For Internationally Trained Applicants:
- Applicants with educational documents not from a Canadian or American institution must complete a comprehensive evaluation of education from International Credential Education Service (ICES) in addition to the above admissions requirements. Applicants will be referred to the Department to assess eligibility.
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 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.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
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.
|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|
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0 - 2
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|Materials||249||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||560|
|Program specific extra fees||22|
* 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.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.