BOD approval of Dental Therapist program
A historic milestone was reached on Friday, August 13, 2010. At a special meeting and by unanimous vote the Minnesota Board of Dentistry granted provisional approval of the education programs for dental therapists at the University of Minnesota. The dental therapist is a mid-level provider authorized by the legislature to help address access-to-care challenges faced by many communities throughout the state. Dental therapists will be licensed to practice under supervision by a dentist and to perform some of the same procedures now provided only by dentists.