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 Advanced Dental Therapists

Advanced dental therapists (ADTs) are licensed intraprofessional 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.  They 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 oral health services including limited restorative dental care, dentists are able to focus on complex care. This is critical in communities where the need for dental care is highest—in rural, low-income, underserved, and underinsured settings—and creates a demand for ADTs in these areas.

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What to Know

  • Program began Fall 2021

  • Up to 12 qualified students will be admitted

  • Students will need to be on campus for this program. No classes will be held on Mondays. ADT MS students are encouraged to work as a licensed dental hygienist in private practice on Mondays.

  • The ADT MS program has received Minnesota Board of Dentistry Approval.

  • The ADT MS at Minnesota State University, Mankato is the only institution offering the degree in Greater Minnesota 

  • 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 and admission information

Questions? 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

Learn more about the program requirements for the Advanced Dental Therapy, MS program.