The Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program prepares licensed dental hygienists for advanced practice and to enhance the oral health of underserved and diverse populations. The program provides individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to become dental therapists/advanced dental therapists with the theoretical and applied skills they need to be eligible for licensure as a dental therapist and credentialing as an advanced dental therapist in the state of Minnesota.
This is an innovative new program, one of the first of its kind in the country! It requires that applicants be licensed dental hygienists in Minnesota, and unfortunately, licensing scope of practice does not cross state lines. Dental hygiene licensing is governed by each state's board of dentistry.
If you wish to move to Minnesota and become licensed here with the goal to practice your new dental therapy certification here in Minnesota, then you may be interested in applying. This is not an online program as students apply the theories and skills of dental therapy in laboratory and clinical settings. Three pre-requisite courses or proof of completion of course objectives must be completed prior to program application. The program can be started spring or fall semester. The program requires a full time commitment for seven semesters. Applicants need to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA based on all college level work. The class size is limited and selection process is competitive.
For more program information or details about Minnesota licensing, please see the following resources.
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Farrah Fossum, MS
Suzanne M. Beatty, DDS
Dental Hygiene Programs Coordinator