Dental Technology Current Students

Dental Technology is an exciting and challenging career with great employment potential. The next two years will be demanding and will require you to adjust your family, work, school, and free time schedules.

This program is set up on a block schedule, meaning you will focus on 2-3 classes at a time for 4-5 weeks. Dental Technology program classes move quickly. 

Keep the following information in mind when registering for your next semester's classes:

  • Priority registration information has been sent to you via email for the upcoming semester.
  • Register for classes through MyHub
  • Remember to run your degree audit (through MyHub) to ensure you are on track for graduation.
     
    Questions? Call 319-398-5566 or visit Allied Health in 2164 Linn Hall for assistance.

We want you to be successful in your new Dental Technology Career, so we have set up an orientation day. More information on the date and time will be posted soon to help with this transition.

The topics covered in the technical orientation are very beneficial to incoming students for their readiness in the program. We require your participation in this informative orientation session, which is separate from new student orientation.

The technical orientation will cover the Dental Technology Handbook, your books, tool kits, day and evening lab schedules, scrubs, and lab jackets. Please note:

  • Scrubs are required to be solid colors with no design.
  • Lab jackets must be blue, with front pockets and long sleeves with cuffs.
  • Both can be bought at places like Wal-Mart, uniform shops, online, etc.
  • You will need to pick up your books and tool kits at the Kirkwood Bookstore on the Cedar Rapids campus before orientation.
  • We will be going through the tool kits to make sure everything is there.

If you have any questions, please call 319-398-7125 or email sandra.kotowske@kirkwood.edu 

Please Bring the Following to Your Technical Orientation

  • Wear scrubs, they can be purchased anywhere, need to be a solid color – one set should be navy blue as you will need these for Clinic I.
  • Lab coat – light blue will need to be purchased for K Jean’s Uniforms at 3631 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA is familiar with our uniform requirements and offers a 20% discount to Kirkwood students.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Fishing tackle box with the following items inside:Tool Kit (required from book store), electric waxer (purchased at book store), Bur kit (block), Bur kit (tube), and the following items; soft child’s toothbrush, stiff denture brush, 2 permanent markers (one fine point, one medium point), needle-nose pliers with wire cutter, large putty knife, small container to hold grinding stones, 1 fingernail polish bottle, colored pencils, large 3-ring binder.
  • Textbooks purchased at Kirkwood Bookstore.

A note from our program director:

Welcome to the Dental Technology Program! You have chosen a dynamic and challenging career that will bring very rewarding experiences.

The faculty and I congratulate you for choosing what we feel is a great profession. The next two years will be very busy and challenging. We realize that attending college may have already required some changes in your life. We understand that being a student is only part of your life.

To assist you in making some of the adjustments we have prepared a student handbook as a special resource of information and expectations. As you progress through the program you will probably refer back to this resource. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the material presented in this handbook.

Our goal is your success, so as questions arise, please let us know. Our best advice to new students is:

  • Take advantage of the learning experiences and support services available to you.
  • Think positively during the stressful times. YOU CAN DO IT! We know you can.
  • Become as knowledgeable and skilled as you can in your new career.
    Learn to grow as a person, professionally and ethically, as you work with others.
  • Be open to new ideas.
  • Be patient as you learn.
  • The faculty and I look forward to working with each of you during the next few years.

Leah Coleman
Director of Dental Technology

 


Questions? Follow These Steps

  • Read the compliance page again and see if there is anything you missed.
  • Contact CastleBranch by locating the Contact Us link in your CastleBranch Account or use the Instant Messenger feature.
  • Contact the Allied Health Department at 319-398-5566 or 2164 Linn Hall.