Hiring a Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist

Enhancing Your Oral Health Care Team

Practice settings

The legislation limits dental therapists to primarily practicing in settings that serve low-income, uninsured and underserved populations or in a dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Practice Settings

Settings that serve low-income, uninsured and underserved patients

  • Critical access dental provider settings
  • Dental Hygiene collaborative practice settings
  • Military/veterans administration hospital, clinic, etc.
  • Private residences for home-bound patients
  • Oral health educational institutions
  • Clinics in which at least 50% of DT patients consist of patients who:
    • Are enrolled in a MN health care program
    • Have a medical disability/chronic condition that creates an access barrier
    • Have no health coverage and have gross family income < 200% federal poverty level

Settings in a dental Health Professional Shortage Area

A Health Professional Shortage area is defined as an area that meets criteria established by the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is designated as such under United States code, title 42, section 254e.

Resources for dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)

Settings include:

  • Hospital
  • Nursing home
  • Home health
  • Group home
  • State operated facility
  • Tribal clinic
  • Federal, state, local public health
  • Community clinic
  • School authority
  • Head Start
  • Nonprofit organization serving uninsured or public program patients