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Dental Therapy B.S.

School of Dentistry - Adm
School of Dentistry
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2015. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Students with an interest in Dental Therapy may pursue the Master in Dental Therapy Program
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 129
  • Required credits within the major: 80 to 97
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Part of the program includes clinical outreach experiences. Students will perform dental procedures on patients in community clinics affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The program blends a strong dental therapy education with the study of the biological, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as liberal arts. It provides didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences required in assessment and treatment of specified dental procedures.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 7 courses before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 3.00 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 3.00 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 3.00 transferring from outside the University
Personal interview.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Biomedical Courses
Biomedical Courses
BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
PSTL 1135 {Inactive} [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Biomedical Courses
MICB 3303 - Biology of Microorganisms (3.0 cr)
PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
or PHAR 3601 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
Clinical Courses
DT 3110 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3130 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3211 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3212 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3230 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3232 {Inactive} (0.0 cr)
DT 3250 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3331 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3332 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
DT 3333 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
DT 3334W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
DT 3336 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4337 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 4338W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
DT 3430 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3431 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
DT 3432 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3433 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3434 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4140 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4335 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 4241 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4443 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
DT 3210 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3429 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3330 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
DT 3231 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3471 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3435 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4320 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
DT 4141 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 3251 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 4460 - Essentials of Clinical Care I For the Dental Therapist (3.0 cr)
DT 4965 - Essentials of Clinical Care for the Dental Therapist III (4.0 cr)
DT 3521 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3410 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4360 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 4361 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
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BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of organic chemistry and biochemistry outlining structure and metabolism of biomolecules, metabolic regulation, principles of molecular biology. prereq: Chem 1015, Bio 1009
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525 - Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A comprehensive introduction to biology - includes molecular structure of living things, cell processes, energy utilization, genetic information and inheritance, mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, and ecology. Includes lab. This comprehensive course serves as a prerequisite and requirement in many majors.
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphical/numerical presentations of data. Judging the usefulness/reliability of results/inferences from surveys and other studies to interesting populations. Coping with randomness/variation in an uncertain world. prereq: Mathematics requirement for admission to University
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01878 - Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01884 - Chem 1061/Chem 1071H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
MICB 3303 - Biology of Microorganisms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00431
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathogenesis, infectious disease, immunology, ecology of microbes. Molecular structure in relation to function of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses. prereq: BIOL 3020 or Biochemistry (BioC 3021] or instructor consent
PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01828
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How major organ systems function (nerve, muscle, circulation, respiration, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, temperature regulation and energy metabolism). Three one-hour lectures, two-hour lab. prereq: [BIOL 1009 or 1 yr college biol], 1 yr college chem
DT 4460 - Essentials of Clinical Care I For the Dental Therapist
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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DT 4965 - Essentials of Clinical Care for the Dental Therapist III
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will continue to prepare DT4 dental therapy students in the dental therapy clinically related scope of patient care under the direction and supervision of experienced clinical faculty. This course will monitor and grade progression in clinics each semester. Evaluation will be based on feedback from dental therapy faculty, group leaders, and the Competency Review Board.