Dental Therapy

In the fall of 2016, the Master of Dental Therapy program evolved into the new Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene/Master of Dental Therapy dual degree program. We are now accepting applications for the fall 2019 dual degree class!

Dr. Louis Sullivan visits the School of DentistryDivision of Dental Therapy Director Karl Self, right, talks with former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis B. Sullivan (next to Dr. Self)

Demand for Dual Licensure

In September 2009, the University of Minnesota became the first dental school in the nation to educate dental therapists. We educate 68% of Minnesota's licensed dental therapists. 

A dual licensed dental hygienist/therapist is becoming in demand, especially in greater Minnesota. The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dental therapy program has been working to address growing concerns regarding access to care and oral health care disparities in the state since 2009.

The dental therapy program educates students to perform basic preventive services, drill and restore teeth for children and adults, and remove primary (baby) teeth under supervision by a Minnesota licensed dentist.

Starting fall of 2016, dental therapy evolved into a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene/Master of Dental Therapy dual degree program to better meet the needs of oral health care providers and patients in the State. Students are eligible to apply to the dual-licensed dental hygiene/therapy program after completing the 8 prerequisite courses.

The program is year round, 32 months or about 3 years. This program reduces the educational cost to students and also reduces the length of time to earn both degrees from 6 to 4 ½ years. Dual-licensed dental hygienists/therapists provide flexibility in meeting the preventative and restorative needs of patients.

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Dual Degree Process Map

Dual Degree Process Map - September 2018

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene / Master of Dental Therapy dual degree map. Enlarge picture.

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Contact us

We're located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. We look forward to hearing from you! For questions related to the program, or admission to the program, please contact


Moos Health Sciences Tower 
515 Delaware Street 
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Karl Self
Phone: 612-625-2161