WHAT IS A DENTAL THERAPIST?

LEARN MORE ABOUT DENTAL THERAPY AND HOW THEY ARE AN ASSET TO THE DENTAL TEAM.


ATTENTION:

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY ADVANCED DENTAL THERAPY CLINIC IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS FOR SRP (DEEP CLEANING) UNTIL SPRING 2022.

PLEASE REFER TO THE RESOURCES TAB FOR A LIST OF DENTAL HYGIENE SCHOOLS AND DENTAL CLINICS AROUND THE METRO AREA.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

STAR OF THE NORTH 2021. ST PAUL RIVERCENTRE

Annual dental convention where our institution has the opportunity of promoting our programs and bring more awareness to our clinic.

Andrea Jordan, Dental Hygiene Department Chair, MSADT Program Coordinator & Sheila Anderson, CNHS Academic Advisor


Tania I. Sanchez LDA, Clinic Coordinator Assistant & Laurie Landwehr, CNHS Office Manager

About Advanced Dental Therapy

Due to a lack of accessible dental care, in 2008 the Minnesota Legislature authorized licensure of the Advanced Dental Therapist. To prepare individuals for this role, Metropolitan State University developed the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy and opened the clinic in January 2012.Upon graduation, Advanced Dental Therapists agree to work for the following patient populations:

  • Underserved patients
  • Low income patients
  • Uninsured patients
  • Patients residing in dental health professional shortage areas

Goals of the ADT Program:

  1. Educate advanced dental therapy students to increase the dental team’s workforce in Minnesota.
  2. Provide underserved populations access to oral health services.
  3. Serve the oral health needs of underserved communities with scholarship, professionalism, ethics, and competence.
  4. Promote the well-being of underserved communities by collaborating with other health professionals.
  5. Provide students with educational experiences establishing a commitment to social responsibility, advancing the profession of dental hygiene, and continuous professional development.

Mission Statement

To educate advanced dental therapists to improve the oral health of underserved populations by providing high quality, patient-centered care. The educational program is built upon scholarly principles and practices as well as academic excellence and service. The Advanced Dental Therapy program is committed to improving the general well-being of underserved community members.