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    Train to become a valuable member of a dental team with M State’s programs in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting.



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, 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.

Dental Assisting
AAS degree, 63 credits
Diploma, 48 credits

Both of M State's Dental Assisting programs educate students to assist with general clinical assisting and support functions, intra-oral clinical procedures, business office procedures and laboratory tasks.

The curriculum includes general studies courses; biomedical and dental science courses; clinical practice; and intra-oral clinical functions. Some courses are common to both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene majors.

Graduates are eligible to write the Dental Assisting National Board Certification exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Registration Exam. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Dental Hygiene
AAS degree, 88 credits

M State's Dental Hygiene program provides students with the education required to perform dental services that detect, prevent and treat diseases of the mouth. As a graduate, you'll have the skills to provide current and comprehensive dental hygiene services.

The Dental Hygiene curriculum includes biomedical and dental science courses that are common to both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene majors.

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

In addition to specialized education in each program area, you will learn:

  • Effective communication with patients and dental health team providers
  • Professional dental conduct and ethical behavior
  • Current technology relevant to the dental profession
  • Standards for infection control and occupational safety
  • High placement rates for graduates


Why M State

  • M State is an exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes mean students receive a personalized education
  • Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
  • Graduates have exceptional pass rates on national certification exams
  • Community Dental Clinic offers invaluable professional training in an on-campus location

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

Dental Assisting Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

Dental Assisting Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Sarah Desjarlais
Dental Hygiene Faculty
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Deb Frider
Instructor - Dental Hygiene
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LeRoy Hagen
Dental Instructor
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Nancy Hanson
Dental Instructor
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Robin Peltier
Dental Instructor
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Kris Pladson
Dental Program Director
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Crystal Shumake
Instructor - Dental Assisting
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Karina Skatvold
Instructor - Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting
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Sydney Stoa
Dental Faculty
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Apply now

Apply now using our online application.


Background Check Required

State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students who do not pass the background check will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation. Students in some programs also are required to complete a national and/or federal criminal background study.

Students may also be required to complete a national background and/or federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The cost of the national background check is $65 is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted.


Dental Hygiene Program Video


Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322


M State's Dental Assisting program awarded national accreditation

M State Dental Assisting imageThe Dental Assisting program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College has been awarded renewed accreditation by the national Commission on Dental Accreditation.

M State’s program, offered on the college’s Moorhead campus, received full accreditation with no reporting requirements until 2022, a classification indicating that an educational program achieves or exceeds the requirements for accreditation.

CODA is the sole agency that reviews dental and dental-related programs for accreditation, which is an assurance of a quality program.

M State offers both an Associate of Science degree and diploma in Dental Assisting. In addition to academic coursework, students in the program receive invaluable clinic experience through the on-campus Community Dental Clinic, which provides dental care to nearly 800 patients a year.

Last modified: October 20th, 2015 at 01:14pm