Advanced Dental Therapy MSADT

About this program

The Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) program is the first of its kind in the country with Minnesota recognized as a national leader in oral health care. The dual licensed graduates of Metropolitan State University's Advanced Dental Therapy program have created a meaningful solution to the problem of dental access for underserved communities by providing care in both the dental hygiene and dental therapy scopes of practice for diverse populations.

All Dental Hygiene Department educational programs are based on academic excellence, and the values of community involvement, ethical conduct and social responsibility. The MSADT program provides the theoretical and applied skills necessary for licensure as a dental therapist and certification as and an advanced dental therapist as defined by Minnesota statute. This graduate program requires a full-time commitment for four semesters and prepares baccalaureate educated, licensed dental hygienists for advanced practice to enhance the oral and general health of underserved communities.

Pew Center on the States reports the demand for oral health care services is increasing due to the Affordable Care Act, which expands dental insurance to millions of children in the United States. This demand is coupled with Pew's prediction that the new dental team member with dual licensure as a dental hygienist and a dental therapist can boost the productivity and profits of private dental practice settings. In essence, the employment of dual-licensed providers makes good business sense while improving the oral and general health of underserved Minnesotans.

The MSADT program is a full-time graduate program combining classroom-based, web-enhanced courses with simulation and clinical learning environments. This program engages students in interprofessional educational experiences with members of the broader health care team as well as members of the dental care team.

Dental hygiene department mission

The mission of the Metropolitan State Dental Hygiene Department is to prepare licensed dental hygienists for advanced practice and to enhance the oral health of underserved and diverse populations. Programs are built upon academic excellence and support the value that advanced education is essential to the delivery of quality, safe, accessible, cost-effective oral healthcare. The Dental Hygiene Department is committed to collaborative community involvement, emphasizing ethics and social responsibility.

Curriculum

The program includes advanced dental therapy and interprofessional coursework which focuses upon three primary educational phases for a total of 44 graduate credits:

  • The science of health care delivery phase focuses on:
    • Working within diverse communities
    • Communication across cultures
    • Understanding health care needs and the incidence of disease across populations
    • Advancing safe, quality oral health care
    • This phase has a total of eight credits.
  • The clinical practice development phase focuses on:
    • Advancing assessment and evaluation skills and knowledge
    • Simulation and clinical experiences
    • Collaborative care provision skills unique to advanced dental therapy
    • This phase has a total of 31 credits.
  • The leadership and synthesis phase concentrates on:
    • Extending health system and public policy knowledge
    • Developing leadership skills
    • A capstone project focused on the evaluation of a relevant clinical question
    • This phase has a total of five credits

     

Program accreditation

Metropolitan State's Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy Program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

Minnesota Board of Dentistry
2829 University Avenue, SE
Suite 450
Minneapolis, Minnesota
55414-3246
612-617-2250

Student outcomes

  • Demonstrate
    • critical thinking in dental therapy and advanced dental therapy
    • competence in dental therapy and advanced dental therapy practice
    • leadership in improving the delivery of health care
  • Apply principles of ethical decision making and cultural competence in dental therapy and advanced dental therapy practice
  • Work in partnership with a collaborative management agreement dentist and other health care professionals
  • Use a process of scholarly inquiry in dental therapy and advanced dental therapy practice

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

The MSADT degree builds upon a liberal arts and/or science-oriented baccalaureate degree and Minnesota dental hygiene licensure. The Dental Hygiene Department evaluates applications for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience, and commitment to the Dental Hygiene Department's and the advanced professional. Size is limited. Entrance is competitive.

Resident and community faculty members bring multiple specialties and areas of interest to their instruction. Many faculty members maintain an active dental practice. Community and resident faculty providing clinical instruction are licensed dentists.

The following requirements are necessary to be considered for admission to the MSADT program.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (calculated from all college coursework);
  • Current dental hygiene licensure in good standing (must meet Minnesota requirements, including nitrous oxide and local anesthesia certifications);
  • Prerequisite course, DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab, must be completed or a plan for the completion submitted with the program application. Documentation of successful completion of the prerequisite course or its equivalent must be provided to enroll in dental program courses.

Completion of the prerequisite course does not guarantee entrance into the program. The program will have limited enrollment and Metropolitan State reserves the right to determine admissions status.

    Application instructions

    Applications to the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program are reviewed from September 1st through the application deadline of February 15th. There are two parts to the application process. All application steps noted below in Part 1 and Part 2 must be completed by February 15th. All application items must be submitted electronically through the Applicant Portal.

    Class size is limited to 6 students so admission is competitive. The selection process is based on cumulative GPA, prerequisite grades, references, and evaluation of applicant essay. The Department of Dental Hygiene Admission Committee will begin review of completed applications once the application deadline has passed. Applicants should allow approximately 45 business days for admission decisions following the application deadline.

    Application file

    A complete application file consists of two parts. Begin the application process by first applying online using the online graduate application. Once you've applied online you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password at any time and upload your remaining documents, submit your references, and check on the status of your application. All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned.

    Part one

    To be considered for admission you must:

    • Complete the Online Graduate Programs Application.  You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.
      • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
      • Pay the non-refundable application fee online using the online application. The current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
    • Submit official transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
      • Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
      • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
      • Electronic transcripts (preferred) sent to graduate studies.
      • Paper transcripts sent directly from the sending institution (preferred)

    Part two

    To be considered for admission you must provide:

    • Goals Essay; upload
      • A word-processed, double-spaced narrative of 750-1000 words, with your name at the top of each page. Please address the following:
      • Describe the area of dental hygiene practice you envision for yourself after completion of graduate study in dental hygiene.
      • Explain how this practice will contribute towards the two goals of our dental hygiene mission: to advance professional dental hygiene and to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations.
      • Describe and explain life, work, or academic skills, knowledge and/or experience you presently hold that contribute towards these two goals and can be applied in future practice.
    • Professional References; submit reference contact information in the Applicant Portal.
      • Two distinct references from two people; select from two of the three categories:
        • A faculty member
        • A supervisor/employer
        • A professional peer or colleague
      • Once the two distinct references have been received in the Graduate Studies Office the remaining reference item listed in the applicant portal will disappear.
      • Once submitted, references will receive a "noreply" email from Minnesota State with a link to the recommendation form. References should check junk mail if the email is not in their inbox. The link is good for 60 days, however, the application deadline may be sooner. Applicants should remind their references of the application deadline when speaking with them.
    • Evidence of Unencumbered License; upload
      • Evidence of current unencumbered dental hygienist license that meets Minnesota licensure requirements.
      • PDF or an image file of your license or state board login page showing unencumbered license.
    • Computer Proficiency: upload
      • Completed computer proficiency form acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the Dental Hygiene Department.

    Part three - international students only

    In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

    • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
      • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
      • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
    • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
    • Immunization records
    • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers
    • Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

    Pre-admission interview

    Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview as a final step in the application process. Your professional portfolio, which you will present at the interview, will exhibit your efforts and achievements in the following areas:

    • Career goals/philosophy statement
    • Resume including work/career experience in the field of dental hygiene
    • Current dental hygiene license and certifications
    • Degrees/Diplomas/Academic accomplishments, awards, and/or recognitions
    • Continuing education/professional development and lifelong learning
    • Involvement in professional organizations
    • Community service and volunteer activities
    • Please create an index of the above components for ease of portfolio review

    Questions about applying to the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program?

    Questions about the online application, fee, transcripts/transcript evaluations, online recommendation form, and document upload feature can be sent to graduate studies (preferred) or you can call 612-659-7150.

    Questions about Part Two requirements or the program in general can be sent to farrah.fossum@metrostate.edu (preferred) or you can call 651-793-1373.

    Contact Information
    Graduate Studies Office
    MEC Building, Office 4003
    1300 Harmon Place
    Minneapolis Campus

    Mailing address:
    1501 Hennepin Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Graduate studies email

    Master of Dental Hygiene Therapy
    Saint Paul Campus
    St. John's Hall, 1st Floor
    700 East Seventh Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55106

    Program requirements

    Before MSADT students begin clinical dental courses, the following must be provided:

    • Appropriate documentation of an active Minnesota dental hygiene license;
    • Evidence of current dental hygiene professional liability insurance;
    • Evidence of required immunizations;
    • Evidence of current CPR certification;
    • Evidence of HIPAA training;
    • Evidence of successful background study, and
    • Evidence of current health insurance.

    Program orientation

    Once you have been fully admitted to the program, you will be required to attend a graduate program orientation session and develop a plan of study.


    Academic Standing

    You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. To remain in good standing, you must maintain a term and cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    You will be admitted as part of a cohort for the MSADT competency-based dental courses and must adhere to the program progression published at the time of your admission. If you are unable to progress with the assigned cohort, you may make a written request to join a subsequent cohort, provided you have made satisfactory academic progress to date and space is available. Permission to join a subsequent cohort is determined by the Dental Hygiene Programs Director.

     

    Student licensure

    Add this link regarding certification https://mn.gov/boards/assets/Adv%20dental%20therapy%20certification%20process_tcm21-46119.pdf

    Course requirements

    Prerequisites

    DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab

    3 credits

    This course focuses on the principles, handling characteristics, placement, contouring, and adjusting of the direct restorative materials in a laboratory setting in accordance with MN Statute, section 150A.10, subdivision 4. To become certified in restorative functions by the MN Board of Dentistry, DENH 440, Restorative Functions Clinic, must also be completed. DENH 440 is offered the semester following DENH 420.

    Full course description for Restorative Functions Theory and Lab

    Requirements (44 credits)

    MSADT competency

    DENH courses are taught in a sequence using a cohort model beginning in the fall semester. Courses will be taught at Metropolitan State (St. Paul and Maplewood) and Normandale Community College (Bloomington). Clinical courses with community practice components require students to travel to clinical sites throughout the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area for course completion.

    DENH 620 Pharmacology Principles of Clinical Application

    2 credits

    This blended/hybrid course is designed to prepare the Masters of Science Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) student with the pharmacology knowledge and skill necessary to think critically when providing patient-centered care. Effective care begins with sorting through the patient's medical/dental health status and pharmacological report. Based on a comprehensive analysis, the student will discern appropriate treatment modifications and necessary drug prescriptions/interventions to ensure optimal and safe patient care. Drug classes, pharmacologic effects, adverse reactions, drug contraindications and interactions will be addressed practically and reinforced through case-based learning.

    Full course description for Pharmacology Principles of Clinical Application

    DENH 610 Health Assessment and Oral Diagnostic Reasoning

    4 credits

    This didactic and clinical course focuses on the significance of systemic and oral diseases and their connection to dental patients. Advanced dental therapy skills in patient examination, assessment, evaluation, and problem-oriented treatment planning in the context of collaborative management agreement authorization as well as dental consultations and referrals will be emphasized. This course develops a comprehensive, patient-centered, problem-solving approach to clinical assessment and treatment planning stressing the development of critical thinking and clinical judgment. Socio-cultural, familial, environmental, and developmental influences across the lifespan will be considered. In addition, emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and the management of common oral health problems.

    Full course description for Health Assessment and Oral Diagnostic Reasoning

    DENH 630 Management of Dental and Medical Emergencies

    1 credits

    This didactic and simulation laboratory based course reviews common medical and dental emergencies that may be seen in the dental setting, as well as, management protocols and prevention strategies for emergencies. This course illustrates the relationship between accurate data collection and achieving successful outcomes in the management of dental and medical emergencies. Emphasis is placed on gathering, analyzing and processing information to develop appropriate action plans. Simulation laboratory experiences of medical emergencies take place in a dental operatory.

    Full course description for Management of Dental and Medical Emergencies

    DENH 640 Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare I

    6 credits

    This lecture and simulation laboratory based course is the first in a series of courses taught throughout the curriculum that provides learning opportunities leading to competency in advanced dental therapy practice. In a simulation laboratory setting the course emphasizes operative dentistry techniques that restore form, function, and esthetics to teeth with the purpose of contributing to both oral and general health. The basic principles of cavity and restoration design, and appropriate selection and application of direct restorative materials are emphasized. Focus is on theoretical and laboratory principles of operative dentistry utilizing direct placement restorative materials in the permanent dentition.

    Full course description for Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare I

    DENH 650 Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare II

    5 credits

    This lecture and laboratory based course builds upon the concepts and skills learned in Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare I. The laboratory emphasis of the course is restorative dentistry for the pediatric and adolescent patient in a simulated setting. Course concepts and strategies include behavior and trauma management; management of the developing occlusion; treatment planning within the context of oral health practitioner collaborative management agreements; preventive strategies; extractions of primary teeth and restorative care for the pediatric and adolescent patient in the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy (DT/ADT) scope of practice. Collaborative management agreements and indications for professional referral/consultation to provide comprehensive patient care are also a focus.

    Full course description for Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare II

    DENH 660 Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare III

    4-5 credits

    This course is a variable credit option offering either 4 or 5 credits. Credits are viewable in eServices. This course consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical components. The course addresses the basic principles of uncomplicated primary and permanent tooth exodontia, in accordance with MN Statute 150A.106, as well as dressing changes, and suture removal techniques. Indications and fabrication of soft occlusal guards, repair of defective removable prosthetics, tissue conditioning, and soft relines of removable prosthetics are also addressed. The clinical component of this course provides the oral health care practitioner student their initial advanced dental therapy clinical experiences under professional supervision by dentists. Introduction to the clinical employment of teledentistry, professional referrals/consultations, and collaborative management agreements to ensure comprehensive patient care is also emphasized.

    Full course description for Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare III

    DENH 670 Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare IV

    4 credits

    This seminar and clinically based course provides the oral health care practitioner student with the opportunity to develop and refine their skills in providing primary and preventive oral health care to underserved patients across the lifespan within the context of advanced dental therapy scope of practice. Some of the skills this course focuses upon are the clinical development of assessment and patient-centered treatment planning skills, appropriate prescribing practices, pain management skills, restorative and preventive procedures, and non-surgical extractions as outlined in MN Statute 150A.106. The continuation of the development of teledentistry skills, professional referrals and consultations, and practicing within collaborative management agreements are also emphasized to manage comprehensive patient care.

    Full course description for Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare IV

    DENH 680 Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare V

    3 credits

    This seminar and clinically based course provides the oral health care practitioner student with opportunities to further develop and refine skills in providing primary oral health care and preventive services to underserved patients across the lifespan. Additional development and refinement of advanced dental therapy skills in responsible, ethical, and primary oral health care and preventive services is the course focus. In the advanced dental therapy clinical setting self assessment is emphasized as well as the further refinement of teledentistry skills, professional referrals/consultations, and collaborative management authorization to provide comprehensive patient care.

    Full course description for Community-Based Primary Oral Healthcare V

    DENH 685 Oral Health Literacy and Cultural Competency in Advanced Dental Therapy

    1 credits

    Advanced dental therapists work in clinical settings which provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care services for populations that have experienced long standing barriers accessing these services. This online course will address oral health literacy and cultural competency within the context of providing advanced dental therapy scope of practice for individuals, families, and communities representing diverse backgrounds. Competence Statement Knows the principles and practices of oral health literacy, cultural and linguistic appropriate services well enough to implement strategies into advanced dental therapy practice to increasingly overcome oral healthcare access barriers for those with diverse backgrounds.

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    DENH 690 Advanced Dental Specialty Practices

    2-3 credits

    This course is a variable credit option offering either 2 or 3 credits. Credits are viewable in eServices. This practicum and seminar based course provides the oral healthcare practitioner student with practical advanced dental therapy experiences in delivering primary and preventive oral healthcare services to special needs patients in extended campus clinical settings while under the guidance of a dentist preceptor. Patient groups encountered may include: pediatrics, geriatrics, medically compromised, patients with genetic and/or acquired disabilities and financially or motivationally impaired patients.

    Full course description for Advanced Dental Specialty Practices

    DENH 700 Advanced Community Specialty Internship

    3 credits

    This practicum and seminar based course offers in-depth advanced dental therapy experiences providing primary and preventive oral health care services to a special needs patient population of the oral health care practitioner student's choosing. Emphasis will be placed on providing primary and preventive oral health care dental services under the guidance of a dentist preceptor to one of the following underserved populations: pediatric; geriatric; medically; mentally; or psychologically compromised patients; financially and/or motivationally impaired patients. Competent, professional dental treatment requiring considerations outside of routine patient methodology and comprehensive management of patient-centered dental problems within the context of advanced dental therapy practice is the course focus.

    Full course description for Advanced Community Specialty Internship

    DENH 710 Comprehensive Competency-Based Capstone

    2-3 credits

    This course is a variable credit option offering either 2 or 3 credits. This course is the culmination and synthesis of the educational experiences of the oral health care practitioner student. Integration and application of independent critical thinking, problem solving skills, professional attitudes, sound clinical judgment, and primary and preventive oral health care skills are essential to advanced dental therapy practice success and will be demonstrated through laboratory (simulation) and clinical practical experiences. A final scholarly paper will focus on a topic relevant to advanced dental therapy practice demonstrating the writing and communication skills necessary for the MSOHCP degree.

    Full course description for Comprehensive Competency-Based Capstone

    MSADT Interprofessional didactic

    These courses may be taken prior to or during completion of the MSADT competency-based dental courses.

    NURS 608 Epidemiology

    2 credits

    This course focuses on the principles of epidemiology as a basis for advanced nursing practice with populations at risk. Students gain an understanding of epidemiology as the science of public health and community health nursing by examining the range of health problems and diseases affecting diverse cultures, races and ethnic groups. Upon completion of the course, students can apply the fundamentals of epidemiology to the structuring of health promotion interventions for high-risk groups.

    Full course description for Epidemiology

    NURS 605 Health Policy and Leadership

    3 credits

    This course examines the social, cultural, economic, and political variables that influence the development of health policy and the strategies that can be used to develop or revise health policy. Students study the present U.S health system to determine ways in which it may be modified to enhance population health and better meet the needs of underserved populations. Competence Statement: Knows principles and concepts related to leadership and health policy well enough to demonstrate leadership in improving the delivery of health care to diverse populations

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    HSCI 648 Designing for Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    This course focuses on clinical and operational excellence and continuous improvement of quality and safety from the leadership perspective. Process improvement philosophies, approaches, models, and methods are reviewed and applied to health care delivery. Critical communication, collaboration, and leadership skills are incorporated and evaluated throughout the course. This course includes 50 hours of community based experiences for the application of course related principles.

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