Hiring a Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist

Enhancing Your Oral Health Care Team

Collaborative Management Agreements

A Collaborative Management Agreement (CMA) is required by law. The CMA both protects and benefits the dentist and dental therapist. It can serve as an excellent communication tool so that both parties understand the terms of the agreement.

Both the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University/Normandale educational programs have taught their students how to draft these documents. The agreement needs to be signed and agreed upon by both the dental therapist and the dentist, and each CMA is an agreement between only one dentist and a dental therapist. However, one dentist may have agreements with up to four dental therapists.

Photograph of two dental professionals working on a patient.

According to the statute, all CMAs must be filed with the Board of Dentistry before the dental therapist/advanced dental therapist cares for patients and must be updated when changes occur or, at a minimum, on an annual basis.

See these guidelines and templates for drafting a CMA

Contact an educational program for additional assistance.

Multiple dentists in a practice

If the practice includes multiple dentists, consider a discussion regarding the dental therapist with all of the practice's dentists before employing the dental therapist. There may be a benefit to having all the dentists on a collaborative management agreement (i.e. scheduling and billing flexibility).