Dental Therapists & Advanced Dental Therapists
Background and 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.