The Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT MS) provides dental hygienists who have a baccalaureate the opportunity to take their degree to the next level. Advanced dental therapists provide basic treatments under the supervision of a dentist, and often work in settings where there is a need for increased access to dental care.

What Is a Dental Therapist?

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About the Program

The Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT MS) program at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides dental hygienists who have a baccalaureate degree the opportunity to take their expertise to the next level.  Lecture, laboratory and clinical components will prepare dental therapy students with the skills and expertise to provide limited dental services including therapy to remove diseased and faulty tooth structure, relieve pain, and restore function and esthetics for both adult and pediatric patients.

About Dental Therapists and Advanced Dental Therapists

Advanced dental therapists (ADTs) are licensed mid-level dental practitioners who work as a critical part of the dental team.  ADTs are trained in theoretic and applied skills to provide treatments such as fillings and removal of baby teeth.  ADTs play an important role in preventing emergency room visits for dental-related problems.

ADTs provide dental care working to their maximum potential under the scopes of practice in both dental hygiene and dental therapy.  These new interprofessional team members are educated to the same standard of care as a dentist for their defined scope of practice.  Dental therapists and ADTs provide care under the supervision of a licensed dentist through a collaborative management agreement.

Growing Demand

Because ADTs provide an advanced level of care, dentists are able to focus on complex care, freeing up ADTs to provide mid-level oral health services. This is critical in communities where the need for dental care is highest—in rural, low-income, underserved, and underinsured settings. In these areas, there is high demand for ADTs.

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What to Know

  • Program begins Fall 2021
  • Up to 12 qualified students will be admitted
  • The program consists of six accelerated graduate terms starting in the fall and ending in the fall of the following year (8 weeks per accelerated semester, 10 weeks in the summer)
  • Students will need to be on campus for this program. No classes will be held on Mondays. ADT MS students are encouraged/permitted to work as a licensed dental hygenist in private practice on Mondays
  • The ADT MS at Minnesota State University, Mankato is the only institution offering the degree in Greater Minnesota and is one of only three similar programs in the state 
  • Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for licensure as dental therapist and credentialing as an ADT in the state of Minnesota

Application information will be available in early 2021. In the meantime, if you have questions about the program, please email MSADTinfo@mnsu.edu.  

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About the Program

The program goal is to provide dental hygienists who have a baccalaureate degree with the theoretical and applied skills needed to be eligible for licensure as a dental therapist and credentialing as an advanced dental therapist in the state of Minnesota.

Program Requirements

Discover program requirements for the Advanced Dental Therapy, MS program.