Hiring a Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist

Enhancing Your Oral Health Care Team

Checklist for considering dental therapy in a practice

Follow these steps when hiring a dental therapist or advanced dental therapist for your oral health care team.

  1. Determine your practice’s eligibility to employ a dental therapist or advanced dental therapist
  2. Create a position description or employment expectations to share with potential dental therapists/advanced dental therapists
  3. Recruit a dental therapist or advanced dental therapist (consider compensation, hours, liability insurance)
  4. Prepare office/clinic staff for DT (discuss scheduling, education and training on DT and ADT scope, discuss communicating with patients regarding dental therapy)
  5. Credential the dental therapist or advanced dental therapist with the MN State Department of Human Services
  6. Create a Collaborative Management Agreement (CMA)
  7. Submit the signed CMA to the MN Board of Dentistry
  8. Prepare an orientation for your dental therapist or advanced dental therapist