~~~~~~~~~~Background & Updates on Implementation~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Minnesota has become the first state to establish licensure of Dental Therapists. The Dental Therapist (DT) is a mid-level provider with distinct educational, examination, and practice requirements.
Licenses may be granted in Dental Therapy, permitting a prescribed scope of practice to be performed under either the GENERAL or INDIRECT supervision of a licensed dentist. With additional education and testing, a Dental Therapist may be eligible for certification as an Advanced Dental Therapist (ADT), permitting many functions to be delegated under GENERAL supervision. The delegation of duties is governed under a Collaborative Management Agreement, essentially a contract between the supervising dentist and the Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist. This agreement may further limit the procedures that an individual DT or ADT may perform.
There are currently two educational programs in Minnesota providing training for DTs. Each of these programs is currently pursuing initial approval of the Board in anticipation of an eventual nationally recognized academic accreditation. Both programs anticipate that their first classes will graduate in 2011.
The Board is working with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) toward program standards and accreditation. The Board is also working with the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) on the development of a clinical examination. Steps in the process of regulating this new profession are identified in the Implementation Timeline.
Information and documents related to Dental Therapist licensure will be updated on this site as it becomes available.
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2014 Report to the Minnesota Legislature - "Early Impacts of Dental Therapists in Minnesota"