M State's Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs both have selective admission and are offered on our Moorhead campus.
M State's Community Dental Clinic, also located on the Moorhead campus, provides dental care for nearly 800 patients a year while offering invaluable clinic experiences for students in M State's dental programs.
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry requires state and federal criminal background checks prior to licensure for both dental assistants and hygienists, and students in M State's dental programs must have current immunizations. Requirements are outlined in the program applications.
AAS degree, 63 credits
Diploma, 48 credits
The M State Dental Assisting programs educate students to be essential members of dental health care teams. Students learn skills necessary to:
- Work closely with dentists during direct patient care, including diagnostic, preventive and operative procedures
- Manage business office responsibilities such as appointment scheduling and billing procedures
- Perform dental lab procedures
- Provide expanded functions authorized by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry such as taking digital dental x-rays, polishing teeth, placing dental sealants, fabricating temporary crowns, administering nitrous oxide sedation and orthodontic duties
The curriculum includes general education courses; biomedical and dental science courses; on- campus lab and clinical practice; and off-campus clinical affiliations in general, community and specialty dental practices.
Graduates are eligible to write the
- Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam
- Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Registration Exam
- Minnesota Board of Dentistry Jurisprudence Exam
How to apply
The M State Dental Assisting program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, www.dentalboard.state.mn.us, and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://ww.ada.org/en/coda.
AAS degree, 88 credits
M State’s Dental Hygiene program prepares students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to diverse populations in a variety of settings. Skills include direct patient care, patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, dental hygiene care planning, scaling, root planing, radiographs, preventive measures, sealants, local anesthetic administration, nitrous oxide sedation and customized oral health education.
Students learn the skills to:
- Demonstrate clinical competence required to provide current comprehensive dental hygiene services
- Communicate effectively with patients, peers and dental health team providers by utilizinG professional written and oral communication
- Exhibit ethical behavior consistent with dental professional conduct
- Utilize current technology relevant to the dental profession
- Demonstrate basic dental office management skills
- Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety
Following graduation and licensure requirements of the State Board of Dentistry, the dental hygienist becomes a primary health care professional, oral health educator and clinician.
How to apply
The M State Dental Hygiene program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, www.dentalboard.state.mn.us, and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The commission’s web address is: http://ww.ada.org/en/coda.