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Dental Therapy M.D.T.

Dentistry Primary Care Administration
School of Dentistry
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Contact Information
Division of Dental Therapy, 9-436 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware Street, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-4310; fax: 612-626-6096)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 91
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Dental Therapy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The M.D.T. program blends a strong dental therapy education with the study of the biological, behavioral, and social sciences. It provides the didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences required for the assessment and treatment of specified dental procedures. Dental therapy students learn alongside the dental and dental hygiene students with whom they will work with after graduation.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must have a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 92
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 20
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 20
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 91 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required courses
DT 5210 - Head and Neck Anatomy (1.0 cr)
DT 5330 - Clinical Application I (3.0 cr)
DT 5429 - Introduction to Psychomotor Skill Development (1.0 cr)
DT 5430 - Oral Anatomy (2.0 cr)
DT 5431 - Oral Anatomy Laboratory (3.0 cr)
DT 5521 - Foundations of Interprofessional Professionalism, Communication, and Collaboration (1.0 cr)
DT 5212 - Local Anesthesia and Pain Management (2.0 cr)
DT 5230 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (2.0 cr)
DT 5250 - Oral Histology and Embryology (2.0 cr)
DT 5331 - Provider Patient Relationships (2.0 cr)
DT 5332 - Cariology and Applied Nutrition in Dental Therapy Care (3.0 cr)
DT 5410 - Applied Dental Biomaterials (1.0 cr)
DT 5110 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 5130 - Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry (1.0 cr)
DT 5211 - Applied Pharmacology for the Dental Therapist (2.0 cr)
DT 5232 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Preclinical Laboratory (0.0 cr)
DT 5251 - General and Oral Pathology (1.0 cr)
DT 5432 - Operative Dentistry I (1.0 cr)
DT 5433 - Operative Dentistry I Pre-Clinic Laboratory (2.0 cr)
DT 5140 - Preventive Pediatric Dental Clinic (1.0 cr)
DT 5231 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology II (1.0 cr)
DT 5333 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning I (3.0 cr)
DT 5334W - Dental Therapy Care Process: Clinical Application II [WI] (4.0 cr)
DT 5336 - Ethics and Jurisprudence for the Dental Therapist (1.0 cr)
DT 5434 - Operative Dentistry II Lecture (1.0 cr)
DT 5471 - Prosthodontic Topics for Dental Therapy (2.0 cr)
DT 5335 - Dental Practice Management (2.0 cr)
DT 5337 - Dental Public Health and Service Learning II (2.0 cr)
DT 5338W - Research Methods in Dental Therapy [WI] (3.0 cr)
DT 5960 - Essentials of Clinical Care II for the Dental Therapist (5.0-10.0 cr)
DT 5460 - Essentials of Clinical Care I For the Dental Therapist (10.0 cr)
DT 5141 - Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III (2.0 cr)
DT 5241 - Oral Radiology Clinic II (1.0 cr)
DT 5320 - Comprehensive Care Clinic (4.0 cr)
DT 5361 - Outreach Experiences II (2.0 cr)
DT 5443 - Operative Clinic III (4.0 cr)
DT 5435 - Operative Dentistry II for the Dental Therapist, Lab (1.0 cr)
 
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DT 5210 - Head and Neck Anatomy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomical nomenclature in head/neck anatomy as they relate to dental therapy treatment. prereq: Accepted into master's dental therapy program
DT 5330 - Clinical Application I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Assessment principles related to medical/oral health status. Dental therapy clinical procedures, instrumentation skills. Health assessment, parts of periodontium, dental deposits, toothwear, dental disease/prevention, plaque control. prereq: Accepted into master's dental therapy program
DT 5429 - Introduction to Psychomotor Skill Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Virtual reality based training for psychomotor skills required in prosthodontic/operative courses. Eye-hand/mirror skills, ergonomics used while preparing teeth for restoration. Prereq-In dental therapy program.
DT 5430 - Oral Anatomy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Morphological characteristics of human dentition, associated contiguous structures. Foundational knowledge applied to situations encountered in general dental clinical practice. prereq: Accepted into dental therapy masters program
DT 5431 - Oral Anatomy Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Manual dexterity skills, anatomy of human dentition. prereq: Accepted into masters in dental therapy program
DT 5521 - Foundations of Interprofessional Professionalism, Communication, and Collaboration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Professionalism, communication/collaboration across health professions. Online independent/group work followed by facilitated interprofessional small group discussions of case narratives.
DT 5212 - Local Anesthesia and Pain Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01719
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Administration of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation, other methods of pain management. Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, client assessment, indications/contra-indications. Selection/administration of anesthetic agents. Complications, emergency management, legal/ethical considerations. Prereq-DT grad program.
DT 5230 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01720
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Production/utilization of radiographs in accordance with good professional judgement, as well as state/federal radiation regulations. Processing radiographs in darkroom. Processing a digital image. Prereq-DT grad program.
DT 5250 - Oral Histology and Embryology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Human embryology. Development of oro-facial region. Development of face, palate, and teeth. Structural microscopic anatomy of hard/soft tissues. Examples of clinical/histopathologic variations. Prereq-Enrolled in master's dental therapy program.
DT 5331 - Provider Patient Relationships
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Clinical research and evidence-based clinical decision making when communicating therapy/treatment modalities. Promoting active participation by patient in oral self-care. Integrating cultural care.
DT 5332 - Cariology and Applied Nutrition in Dental Therapy Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Dental caries etiology, pathology/prevention. Applying principles of diet/nutrition to dental therapy patient care/counseling.
DT 5410 - Applied Dental Biomaterials
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01796
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Application of scientific principles to selection/utilization of dental materials. Prereq-2nd yr DT student.
DT 5130 - Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01718 - DT 3130/DT 5130
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Childhood development and care of children. Restorative dentistry for children/adolescents. Behavior management techniques. Issues that arise in dental health care setting. Lab. Prereq-DT grad program.
DT 5211 - Applied Pharmacology for the Dental Therapist
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Principles of pharmacological drugs used in dentistry, modes of drug administration, therapeutic/adverse effects of drugs. Preparation for pharmacology of local anesthetics. Nitrous oxide sedation, prescription writing.
DT 5232 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Preclinical Laboratory
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Preclinical demonstration-participation phases using mounted human skulls.
DT 5251 - General and Oral Pathology
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Principles of general and oral pathology with focus on etiology, progression, recognition, and treatment. Overview of diagnostic process and normal clinical findings.
DT 5432 - Operative Dentistry I
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01695 - DT 3432/DT 5432
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
How to treat dental caries. Therapeutic treatment of underlying pathology. Surgical treatment of early caries lesion.
DT 5433 - Operative Dentistry I Pre-Clinic Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01696 - DT 3433DT 5433
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How to treat dental caries. Therapeutic treatment of underlying pathology. Surgical treatment of early caries lesion. Hands-on projects working with models simulating teeth and surrounding structures. prereq: 2nd yr masters in dental therapy student
DT 5140 - Preventive Pediatric Dental Clinic
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01798
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Oral health promotion of pediatric patients. Brushing techniques, fluoride application, dietary analysis/counseling. Students interact with parents of pediatric patients.
DT 5231 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Use of X-rays in accordance with state/federal radiation regulations. Radiographic assessment of developmental and acquired anomalies of teeth, osseous structures, and maxillary sinus.
DT 5333 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Dental therapist as engaged with diverse communities and as professionally responsible and ethical health care provider. Public health approach to disease. Ways in which U.S. oral health care is delivered. Factors impacting supply/demand. Outreach experiences, service learning.
DT 5334W - Dental Therapy Care Process: Clinical Application II (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Providing dental care for gerodontic patients and patients with disabilities.
DT 5336 - Ethics and Jurisprudence for the Dental Therapist
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
General ethics, bio-ethics, dental therapy-specific ethics literature. Dental therapy health professional problems. Theory/application in practice of dental therapy.
DT 5434 - Operative Dentistry II Lecture
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01697
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to surgically manage more advanced caries lesions. Transition from pre-clinic lab to clinic setting. prereq: Enrolled in master's in dental therapy program
DT 5471 - Prosthodontic Topics for Dental Therapy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Lectures, lab projects of selected prosthodontic techniques to enable the dental therapist to provide/cement quality pre-fabricated metal or resin provisional crowns and other prosthodontic procedures in the scope of DT practice.
DT 5335 - Dental Practice Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interprofessional course. Organizational, managerial, and financial systems that affect successful dental practice. prereq: 2nd yr dental therapy student
DT 5337 - Dental Public Health and Service Learning II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to assess, plan, implement, obtain funding for, and evaluate a public health program.
DT 5338W - Research Methods in Dental Therapy (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Types of research. Problem selection, hypothesis writing, research planning/design. Data Collection, measuring techniques. Analysis/interpretation of data. Ethics. Research proposal. Prereq-Dental therapy student.
DT 5960 - Essentials of Clinical Care II for the Dental Therapist
Credits: 5.0 -10.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Students provide comprehensive care under direction of clinical faculty. May include periodontics, operative, pediatric care, and health promotion. Limited care may be given on rotations to oral surgery clinics.
DT 5460 - Essentials of Clinical Care I For the Dental Therapist
Credits: 10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students provide comprehensive care under direction of clinical faculty. May include periodontics, operative, pediatric care, and health promotion. Limited care may be given on rotations to oral surgery clinics.
DT 5141 - Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Early childhood development, dental care for children. prereq: Must be in the dental therapy program, passed basic foundation competencies
DT 5241 - Oral Radiology Clinic II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Clinical instruction in oral radiography. Intraoral/extraoral radiographic procedures, evaluations. prereq: Must be in dental therapy masters program
DT 5320 - Comprehensive Care Clinic
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Assessment, treatment, and management of patients. Concepts/principles of evidence-based dentistry as applied to clinical practice.
DT 5361 - Outreach Experiences II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Experiences that reinforce principles of delivering dental health care/services to patients, including underserved patient populations, in contemporary off-site clinical settings.
DT 5443 - Operative Clinic III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How to place restorations. Students place single-tooth restorations on patients.
DT 5435 - Operative Dentistry II for the Dental Therapist, Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
More advanced caries lesions: diagnosis, structural preparation, decay removal and restoration.