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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.



 

Dental

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 train 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 training 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.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn

In addition to specialized training 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 in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

Dental Assisting Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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

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Meet the faculty

Sarah Desjarlais
Dental Hygiene Faculty
Moorhead
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Deb Frider
Instructor - Dental Hygiene
Moorhead
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LeRoy Hagen
Dental Instructor
Moorhead
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Nancy Hanson
Dental Instructor
Moorhead
Contact Nancy
Sydney Johnson
Dental Faculty
Moorhead
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Robin Peltier
Dental Instructor
Moorhead
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Kris Pladson
Dental Program Director
Moorhead
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Crystal Shumake
Instructor - Dental Assisting
Moorhead
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Karina Skatvold
Instructor - Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting
Moorhead
Contact Karina
Danielle Wilson
Faculty, Dental Hygiene
Moorhead
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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

Last modified: July 23rd, 2015 at 11:03am