Advanced Degrees

Advanced Degree Opportunities

Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College are offering three new and innovative advanced degree programs for dental hygienists. While completing our associate degree program, students can now simultaneously enroll in Metropolitan State's Dental Hygiene baccalaureate degree.

The master's degree program provides the theoretical and applied skills needed for eligibility to be licensed as a dental therapist and credentialed as an advanced dental therapist in the State of Minnesota. Applicants to this master's degree program must be licensed Dental Hygienists and have a baccalaureate degree.

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Metropolitan State University/Normandale Community College Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

Metropolitan State University has also partnered with Normandale Community College to offer two dental hygiene degree completion programs with emphasis on the core functions of public health, dental public health principles, and collaborative and advanced dental hygiene practice:


"Dental Hygienists have a long history of supporting access to care" (RDH, p. 28). In 2004, the American Dental Hygienists' Association proposed a mid-level model titled the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. Competencies and curriculum were later developed creating a "master's level program open to individuals currently licensed as dental hygienists who have a bachelor's degree" (RDH, p. 30).

Metropolitan State University (St. Paul) is extremely proud to announce that it is the site of America's first Master's of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program. The first cohort of students graduated June 23, 2011 and are now in the workforce. The second cohort of 4 students is working diligently in lab and has moved to clinical patient care.

To learn more about how Minnesota's vision turned into reality....
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene: Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know

Dr. Colleen Brickle, Dean of Health Sciences at Normandale Community College
Dr. Colleen Brickle,
Dean of Health Sciences
Normandale Community College
"Mover and Shaker"

Sources Cited:

Emmerling, H., Standley, E., RDH, June 2011. The mid-level: Alternative workforce models continue to develop in dentistry.

Pew Center on the States., Improve Dental Access in Minnesota: New strategies to address a public health challenge.

Medscape Medical News, 2011-06-02., Minnesota Graduates First Class of Dental Therapists. Medscape Medical News, 2011-06-02

Metropolitan State University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene Program