|Advanced Dental Therapy MS||MS - Master of Science||
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Required for Application:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher based on undergraduate coursework.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
- Signed Technical Standards form.
- Statement of Interest: Describe your reasons for pursuing the ADT MS and becoming an advanced dental therapist. Limit your statement to 1-2 pages.
- Diversity statement: Explain your experiences and commitments to diversity. Four areas that might be included in a 1-2 page diversity statement are:
- Your values related to diversity.
- Your experiences interacting with diverse populations.
- Your future plans related to inclusivity.
- Adversity you have witnessed or personally encountered.
- Portfolio, resume, or CV: Please include the following four sections and any supporting evidence.
- Career/Work Experience in the Field of Oral Health (lifetime)
- Professional Organizations, Awards, and /or Recognitions (lifetime)
- Community Service and Volunteerism Activities in the last 3 years
- Continuing Education/Professional Development and lifelong Learning in the past 2 years.
- Phone Interview: Qualified candidates are contacted to schedule a phone interview. During this interview, the admissions committee will review the candidate's reasons for wanting to pursue the ADT MS and their diversity statement. The candidate should be prepared to answer additional questions including those related to professionalism and conflict resolution.
Required Prior to Enrollment:
- Earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- DHYG 440 (4 cr) Restorative Functions or equivalent training/education.
- Current Minnesota Dental Hygiene license without encumbrance, including nitrous oxide and local anesthesia certifications.
- Evidence of current dental hygiene professional liability insurance.
- Evidence of required immunizations.
- Evidence of current CPR certification.
- Evidence of HIPAA training.
- Evidence of a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical dental hygiene experience practicing as a licensed dental hygienist. Newly licensed dental hygienists who are licensed the same year they are applying to the program must provide evidence of a minimum of 300 hours of clinical dental hygiene experience practicing under their dental hygiene license.
- Evidence of successful background check in accordance with the MN Board of Dentistry statutes.
- Evidence of current health insurance.
Department of Dental Education
College of Allied Health & Nursing
120 Clinical Sciences Building
Dental Clinic (507) 389-2147
Credits: 4This course prepares the student with the knowledge, skills, and judgments to collect and analyze patient health data relevant to advanced dental therapy practice. This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills and sound clinical judgment in creating individualized treatment plans, along with working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. Regulations and rules that guide judgments and actions of all dental team members are also emphasized.
Credits: 2This course prepares the student with the pharmacological knowledge and skills necessary to think critically and make sound judgments when providing patient-centered care within their scope of practice. Effective patient care begins with sorting through the patient¿s medical/dental health status and pharmacological report. Based on a comprehensive initial analysis, the student will discern appropriate modifications and necessary drug prescriptions/interventions to ensure overall safe and optimal care. Drug classes, pharmacological effects, adverse reactions, drug contraindications and interactions will be addressed practically and reinforced through case-based learning.
Credits: 1This course reviews common medical and dental emergencies that may be encountered in Advanced Dental Therapy practice, as well as management protocols and prevention strategies for emergencies. This course illustrates the relationship between accurate data collection and achieving successful outcomes in the management of dental and medical emergencies. Emphasis is placed on gathering, analyzing, and processing information to develop appropriate action plans.
Credits: 5This lecture and simulation laboratory-based course provides the student with initial operative dentistry learning opportunities for the permanent dentition. This course focuses on the principles of operative dentistry cavity preparation and restoration design, as well as the appropriate selection and application of direct restorative materials. Special topics include techniques which restore form, function, and esthetics to permanent teeth in the simulation lab setting in preparation for patient care. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and judgment, psychomotor skills, and self-evaluation.
Credits: 5This lecture and simulation-lab based course emphasizes restorative and preventive strategies specific to the primary and mixed dentitions in advanced dental therapy practice. Course focus includes child and adolescent behavior and trauma management; data gathering, analysis, and treatment planning; and management of the developing occlusion. Consultations and referrals are also emphasized.
Credits: 4This course consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical components. The lecture and laboratory components address the basic principles of complex tooth preparations and restorations, interim restorations, uncomplicated permanent tooth exodontia, and suturing techniques. The clinical component of this course provides the student with initial clinical experiences in the delivery of advanced dental therapy services and patient management.
Credits: 3This lecture and clinically-based course provides the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy student with the opportunity to address their scope of practice dealing with prosthodontics. Students develop and refine their knowledge, skills, and judgments in providing advanced dental therapy scope of practice to underserved patients across the lifespan.
Credits: 3This lecture and clinically based course provides the student with opportunities to deepen and refine their knowledge, skills, and judgments in providing advanced dental therapy scope of practice to underserved patients across the lifespan. In the clinical setting ethics, responsibility, self-assessment, and self-improvement continue to be emphasized as well as professional referrals and collaborations to provide comprehensive patient care.
Credits: 3This course provides the student with practical experiences in delivering advanced dental therapy oral healthcare services to special needs patients in extended campus, nontraditional clinical settings as well as the university clinic. Patient groups encountered may include: pediatric, geriatric, and medically compromised patients; patients with genetic and/or acquired disabilities, and financially or motivation-impaired patients. Knowledge and skills to effectively promote healthcare policy are also a course focus.
Credits: 3This course advances the competency of Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy students. The oral healthcare of special needs and underserved patients are addressed in non-traditional and university dental settings. Critical thinking, clinical judgment, ethics, and professional responsibility are emphasized, in addition to health equity.
Credits: 1This course requires capstone topic identification in an area related to Advanced Dental Therapy. The student composes a scholarly reading list, an abstract for the capstone paper and an outline of paper contents.
Credits: 2This course is the zenith of advanced dental therapy student educational experiences. Knowledge, skills, clinical judgments, and critical thinking appropriate for successful advanced dental therapy practice are demonstrated in clinical practice and assignments.
Credits: 1Students complete their capstone project and present their conclusions to faculty and/or colleagues in the oral and allied health professions.