Dental Technology

What is dental technology?

The duties of a dental technician are comprehensive and varied. Dental technicians work with a variety of materials which include waxes, plastics, precious and non-precious alloys and porcelain. Dental technicians also use sophisticated instruments and equipment while performing laboratory procedures to fabricate:

  • Full Dentures
  • Removable Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Crowns and Bridges
  • Ceramic Restorations
  • Orthodontic Appliances

The dental technology program at IU Fort Wayne offers a four-year baccalaureate degree. The program has maintained full accreditation by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation since its beginning in 1972.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.

Our program combines artistry, science, and oral health in a non-traditional university setting. It is a strategic starting-point for students pursuing dental school or students interested in dental laboratory management, dental sales, or owning their own dental laboratory.

Brooke Pratt, dental technology program director

How do you earn a degree in dental technology?

To earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology, you will complete 120 credit hours of course work. Most courses are 3 credit hours but some vary. You can choose between two concentration tracks: sales and leadership or pre-dentistry. Students completing the pre-dentistry track will complete all prerequisite courses for the IU School of Dentistry. 

Learn more about the degree requirements

Academic advising

As a dental technology student at IU Fort Wayne, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to select and register for classes that apply toward the degree program. Your advisor will help monitor your progress to ensure you are on the right track to a successful career in dental technology.

Learn more about academic advising


The dental technology program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or Their address is 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

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