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Dental Therapy M.D.T.

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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 Fall 2022
  • 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 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
DT 2121 - Process of Care in Allied Dental Health: Clinical Application I (5.0 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 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
DT 3121 - Local Anesthesia and Pain Management (2.0 cr)
DT 5230 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 5250 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 2212 - Communications for Oral Health Providers (2.0 cr)
DT 2231 - Cariology and Applied Nutrition in Allied Dental Health (3.0 cr)
DT 5410 - Biomaterials Science (1.0 cr)
DT 2221W - Periodontology [WI] (3.0 cr)
DT 5135 - Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry (2.0 cr)
DT 3133 - Pharmacology (2.0 cr)
DT 3151 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (2.0 cr)
DT 3125 - General and Oral Pathology (2.0 cr)
DT 5432 - Operative Dentistry I (2.0 cr)
DT 5433 - Operative Dentistry I Pre-Clinic Laboratory (2.0 cr)
DT 5140 - Preventive Pediatric Dental Clinic (1.0 cr)
DT 3234 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Theory, Principles, and Radiographic Analysis (1.0 cr)
DT 3238 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning I (3.0 cr)
DT 5334W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
DT 3228 - Ethics and Jurisprudence in Allied Dental Health (1.0 cr)
DT 5434 - Operative Dentistry II Lecture (2.0 cr)
DT 5471 - Prosthodontic Topics for Dental Therapy (2.0 cr)
DT 5335 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
DT 4139 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning II (2.0 cr)
DT 4135W - Research Methods in Allied Dental Health [WI] (3.0 cr)
DT 5960 - Essentials of Clinical Care II for the Dental Therapist (5.0-10.0 cr)
DT 5465 - Essentials of Clinical Care for the Dental Therapist IV (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 DT Spring (2.0 cr)
DT 5443 - Operative Clinic III (4.0 cr)
DT 5435 - Operative Dentistry II for the Dental Therapist, Lab (3.0 cr)
 
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DT 2121 - Process of Care in Allied Dental Health: Clinical Application I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 2121/DT 2121
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Dental hygiene/Dental Therapy care process, assessment principles related to medical and oral health status, dental hygiene clinical procedures, and development of instrumentation skills.
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 3121 - Local Anesthesia and Pain Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3121/DT 3121
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Concepts in the administration of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation, and other methods of pain management. Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, patient assessment, indications and contraindications, selection of agents, injection techniques, complications, emergency management, and legal/ethical considerations. Lecture, lab, clinic. Clinical sessions include actual experience in administering local anesthesia and other methods of pain management. The administration of local anesthesia will be taught to clinical competency. The didactic component of nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation will be completed in this course with clinical experiences occurring in the Faculty Practice Clinic and in subsequent clinical rotations leading to clinical competency in this method of pain management.
DT 2212 - Communications for Oral Health Providers
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 2212/DT 2212
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course introduces the study of effective communication strategies within the health care team and during patient-provider relationships. There is an emphasis on public speaking basic principles, effective strategies, and ethical approaches. The application of health literacy concepts and behavior change theory as components of evidence-based decision making in a variety of practice settings will be taught.
DT 2231 - Cariology and Applied Nutrition in Allied Dental Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 2231/DT 2231
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The study of dental caries etiology, pathology and prevention, and the applied principles of diet and nutrition to dental hygiene/dental therapy patient care with skills in dental dietary counseling. Course content also includes a comprehensive review of CAMBRA. Cariology and Applied Nutrition in Allied Dental Health is designed to provide the beginner level dental hygiene student with a knowledge base in cariology and nutrition as it applies to the oral cavity. The implementation of this knowledge is Dental Dietary Counseling with a dental hygiene patient. DH 2231/DT 2231 relies on the communication skills developed in DH 2212/DT 2212.
DT 5410 - Biomaterials Science
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: DT 3410/DT 5410
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of scientific principles to selection/utilization of dental materials. Prereq-2nd yr DT student.
DT 2221W - Periodontology (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 2221W / DT 2221W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course introduces periodontal diseases; etiology, assessment, and treatment options. It includes clinical experience in debridement, root planning with ultrasonic and hand instruments. (3 credits)
DT 5135 - Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DT 3130/DT 5130
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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 3133 - Pharmacology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3133/DT 3133
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Principles of pharmacology, physical/chemical properties of drugs, modes of administration, therapeutic/adverse effects, drug actions/interactions.
DT 3151 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3151/DT 3151
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
General principles of radiology, radiation physics, dosimetry, biology, radiation protection, regulations, recent concepts of imaging, and radiographic anatomy.
DT 3125 - General and Oral Pathology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3125/DT 3125
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers topics in pathology related to dentistry and the oral cavity. Oral benign/malignant tumors, infectious, inflammatory, and immunologically mediated lesions/diseases are covered.
DT 5432 - Operative Dentistry I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DT 3432/Dent 5432
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.
DT 5433 - Operative Dentistry I Pre-Clinic Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DDS 6435/DT 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: DT 4140/DT 5140
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 3234 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Theory, Principles, and Radiographic Analysis
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3234/DT 3234
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intraoral and extraoral radiographic anatomy. Principles of radiographic interpretation, evaluation of radiographs to identify variation of normal, and dental and maxillofacial diseases.
DT 3238 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3238/DT 3238
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides an overview of the discipline of public health including epidemiological methods of investigation with an emphasis on patterns of oral diseases. Course content emphasizes designing, implementing, and evaluating oral health promotion and health education programs. Students prepare for community service learning programs.
DT 3228 - Ethics and Jurisprudence in Allied Dental Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 3228/DT 3228
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Studying dental hygiene/dental ethics is intended to provide the tools and skills required for ethical analysis and reflection ? critical thinking. The healthcare professional-patient relationship provides a complex array of problems and dental hygiene is, as are practicing dental hygienists, faced with making important decisions about right and wrong and balancing harm and benefits in the clinical setting. Therefore, the primary goal of this course is to help the student dental hygienist understand how to make critical decisions and how to take appropriate actions when dealing with patients, peers, the institution, and society.
DT 5434 - Operative Dentistry II Lecture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DT 3434/DT 5434
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
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: A-F 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 4139 - Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 4139/DT 4139
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Academic service learning in various community healthcare settings. The student will apply information from Dental Public Health & Service Learning I and II to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a dental public health program designed to meet the oral health needs of a priority population.
DT 4135W - Research Methods in Allied Dental Health (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: DH 4135W/DT 4135W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develop skills in the scientific method and critiquing scientific literature. Emphasis is place on evidence-based decision-making, types of research and research design, problem identification and hypothesis development, analyzing individual components of journal articles in relation to research principles, and writing the literature review. Fulfills writing intensive requirement.
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 5465 - Essentials of Clinical Care for the Dental Therapist IV
Credits: 10.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will continue to prepare MDT 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.
DT 5141 - Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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 DT Spring
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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 Spring
How to place restorations. Students place single-tooth restorations on patients.
DT 5435 - Operative Dentistry II for the Dental Therapist, Lab
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
More advanced caries lesions: diagnosis, structural preparation, decay removal and restoration.