Dental Therapy: Dental Hygiene-Based Model

The dual licensed dental therapist extends preventive and restorative care in underserved areas.  This toolkit provides guidance on advancing dental hygiene and dental therapy through educational opportunities and innovative pathways.

Toolkit: Dental Therapy - Minnesota Model

The following videos feature Minnesota oral health stakeholders who describe their support for the new oral health care team member and address issues commonly raised by dentists and others who are considering inclusion of a dental therapist (DT) or advanced dental therapist (ADT) as part of their practice team.

Benefits of Dual Licensure: Dental Hygiene (DH) and Dental Therapy (DT)-  VIDEO

Thoughts on Dental Therapy (DT) and Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT)-  VIDEO

Employing a Dental Therapist (DT) or Advanced Dental Therapist (ADT)-  VIDEO

Alternative Settings Outside of a Traditional Dental Office-  VIDEO

Collaborative Management Agreements (DT and ADT)-  VIDEO



Dental Therapy Toolkit: Hiring a Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist: Enhancing Your Oral Health Team  

Developed by Normandale Community College/Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The project was funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation to inform others about dental therapy and advanced dental therapy.



Dental Therapy Toolkit: Dental Therapist and Advanced Dental Therapist Interviews. April 2016

Developed for the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care by a partnership between Normandale Community College/ Metropolitan State University, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and MS Strategies. This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Dental Therapy Toolkit: Current Employer Interviews. April 2016

Developed for the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care by a partnership between Normandale Community College/ Metropolitan State University, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and MS Strategies. This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Statutes (Laws) and Regulations for Dental Therapy

Minnesota Statutes 150A.105 Dental Therapist  Click HERE 

Minnesota Statutes 150A.106 Advanced Dental Therapist  Click HERE

Minnesota Statutues 150A.05 Licensed Dental Practice  Click HERE

Dental Hygiene-Based Dental Therapy: Minnesota Examples/Case Studies

Click HERE to read A Week in the Life of a Dual-Licensed Advanced Dental Therapist.  Minnesota's Heather Luebben, ADT LDH shares with the reader how she has expanded her career as a dental hygienist (2002) followed by graduation with Minnesota's first class of dental therapists (2011). Heather states that "variety is the common denominator in [her] professional life" and she describes her work as a dual-licensed professional with Apple Tree Dental. 



Click HERE to view An Advanced Dental Therapist in Long Term Care: Heather Luebben Case Study.  Features a dual-licensed advanced dental therapist/dental hygienist's work as part of a care team at the Minnesota Veteran's Home, Minneapolis, MN. Heather graduated from the inaugural MS: ADT class at Metropolitan State University.  She currently works at Apple Tree Dental.

Click HERE to view An Advanced Dental Therapist in Rural Minnesota: Jodi Hager Case Study.  Features a dual-licensed advanced dental therapist/dental hygienist's work as part of a care team at Apple Tree Dental's Madelia Center for Dental Health, Madelia Hospital in rural southern Minnesota. Jodi graduated from the inaugural MS: ADT class at Metropolitan State University. She currently works at Apple Tree Dental.       



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       Learn about the: 

  • history of dental therapy in Minnesota
  • educational and career backgrounds of two ADTs
  • DT/ADT scope of practice; dual licensed DTs
  • level of supervision; collaborative management agreements (CMA)

 

 



This Dental Therapist is Filling a Gap in U.S. Health Care
Carol Kaufmann
July 28, 2017, TRUST MAGAZINE

This Pew Trust article (Trust magazine, July 2017) features care provided by Jodi Becker, a Minnesota dual-licensed Advanced Dental Therapist/Dental Hygienist.  Scroll to page 30.  Click HERE 

 

 




Click HERE to access "The Origins of Minnesota's Mid-Level Dental Practitioner:  Alignment of Problem, Political and Policy Streams" published in the ADHA Journal of Dental Hygiene that explores how Minnesota came to legislate a mid-level dental practitioner to its oral health workforce and highlights the roles of issue formation, agenda setting and politics in policymaking.



Click HERE to access "Dental therapy practice patterns in Minnesota: a baseline study" by Blue, C., Kaylor, M.B. 2016

Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy Degree

Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy Degree
The baccalaureate degree graduate who desires to expand their clinical competence beyond preventive dental hygiene care can pursue a Master's degree in Advanced Dental Therapy.  This degree involves coursework and clinical skill development that broadens the professional's scope of practice to assessment and evaluation of patient care and restorative services designed specifically to meet the dental needs of underserved populations. The impact of the dental therapist as a skilled, intraprofessional dental team member is significant to creating access and providing much needed dental care.

Dental Therapist/Advanced Dental Therapist: Minnesota's Dental Hygiene-based Model 

The Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy Program (MSADT) offered by the Minnesota State System is dental hygiene-based, building upon the foundation of baccalaureate dental hygiene education. Using a model that begins with a licensed dental hygienist assures that applicants are prepared with critical thinking and problem solving skills and judgment in collaboration with dentists that are necessary for advanced dental therapy practice.

National Support for Dental Therapy

Click HERE to access Highlights from the Approved Dental Therapy Education Standards from the American Dental Hygienists Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). August 2015



Click HERE to access "The Dental Therapist Movement in the United States: A Critique of Current Trends" published by the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 

Dental Hygiene Education Pathways: Traditional to Innovative

Learn how dental hygiene education can be innovative and responsive to current and new workforce models in order to meet the demands of all populations seeking oral health care. 


  Educating the 21st Century Dental Team

Normandale Community College Dental Hygiene Program 

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Advancing Dental Hygiene Education: What does research tell us about the future of dental hygiene?  Click HERE 

The Journal of Dental Hygiene, October 2018

      

Colleen M. Brickle, RDH EdD



Traditional 

Associate Degrees in Dental Hygiene
Earning an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene provides the student with the practical knowledge, values and skills needed to pursue licensure as a dental hygienist. By combining liberal arts, basic and dental science coursework with clinical theory and skill development, the associate degree graduate is an astute clinical decision-maker offering competent patient - centered care.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree (BSDH)
As the student advances beyond the associate degree level with their coursework in the Bachelor degree program, they dig deeper into the profession of Dental Hygiene. Additional knowledge in areas such as leadership, patient and public advocacy, cultural competence, practice and project management, evidence-based decision-making, plus skills in restorative functions empowers the licensed hygienist for career advancement. Opportunities broaden for the licensed professional in public health and alternative practice settings, education, research and business.

Innovative

Dual Admissions and Enrollment
As a dental hygiene student actively pursues an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, this student can also be completing on-line course work to obtain a baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene. This unique, seamless and simultaneous educational pathway allows one to graduate with a BSDH degree within one month of acquiring the associate degree. Completion of BSDH coursework is individualized and paced to encourage mentoring and student success.



Learn how dental hygienists who embrace change, reflect on their professional status and goals, and unite with colleagues are poised for professional growth.

The Journey to Opportunity  Click HERE 

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, April 2017

                    Debra J. Sidd, RDH RF MEd



Minnesota State Launches Innovative Dual Admissions Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Program  Click HERE  


"Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) A.A.S. degree dental hygiene students are some of the first in the state to pioneer a new [career ladder] opportunity in continuing dental education for allied dental students."

Bulletin of Dental Education, American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Dental Hygiene AS to Dental Hygiene BSDH- Normandale Community College

Dental Hygiene AAS to Dental Hygiene BSDH- Lake Superior College


Dental Hygiene AAS to Dental Hygiene BSDH- Century College

Dental Hygiene AAS to Dental Hygiene BSDH- Minnesota State Community and Technical College- Moorhead

Dental Hygiene AAS to Dental Hygiene BSDH- Rochester Community and Technical College



Click HERE to download "MetroConnect" a resource guide outlining the dual admissions and enrollment procedures between Normandale Community College and Metropolitan State University. Transfer and admission arrangements are described to maximize the ease with which students may progress from an associate's to a bachelor's degree.



Testimonials for Innovative Educational Pathways

 

 
Rachel Primus began her college journey knowing that she wanted to work in the health field in a position that was hands-on and would allow her to connect with people.

Rachel started out taking her generals at a university and realized that dental hygiene was the career she wanted to pursue. Once she made that decision, Rachel started doing research to find the dental hygiene program in the Twin Cities that was the best fit. Read more...




Dual Admissions and Enrollment in Dental Hygiene - Student Testimonials



Click HERE to read three students' stories:

Why I Chose Normandale and What I Discovered about the Dual/Simultaneous Admissions and Enrollment Program. 
 

Normandale Community College/Metro State University students (2015-2017) 
L to R: Hussein Sheikh; Zhiwei (Wayne) Chen; Diego Hernandez