Becoming a Dental Therapist in Michigan

Educational Program Requirements

  • Must be 3 academic years in length (equivalent to full 2 calendar years or 6 semesters)
  • Must meet CODA standards. If a program was not CODA accredited at the time of graduation, the program will be reviewed during the license application process
  • Student must complete 500 hours of patient care under direct supervision of a dentist

  *The degree level granted is determined by the educational institution; there is no degree level requirement

   for Michigan licensure*

  *There is no dental hygiene requirement to pursue a dental therapy career in Michigan*

  *Educational institutions may structure prerequisites (including possible clinical and license requirements) as

   they deem appropriate*

The Michigan Primary Care Association, with funding support from the Delta Dental Foundation and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, has developed Michigan's first dental therapy scholarship! Visit MPCA's Dental Therapy Scholarship Webpage for more information and to apply!

Current Educational Programs


Program Type






Application/ start date info

Dental Thearpy Ferris State University Michigan


TBD- Program in development



Dental Therapy (CODA Accredited)

Ilisagvik College/ Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Anchorage, AK

High School Diploma, Drug Test


24 months

Anticipated application period begins 11/23.
Next cohort begins 06/24

Dental Therapy (CODA Accredited)

dex-xayebus dental therapy program at Skagit Valley College, Washington

Mount Vernon, WA

High School Diploma, Drug Test


30 months

accepted year-round, 
anticipated application deadline for fall cohort: 06/24

Next cohort begins 08/24

Dual Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy (CODA Accredited)

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

24 credits completed within 5 years of program start


32 months after prereqs

Anticipated application period for fall '23 cohort:
10/23 - 1/24.
Next cohort begins 08/24

“Advanced Standing” Dental Therapy Program
(pursuing CODA accreditation)

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

Licensed RDH, Bachelor’s degree in any field


24 months

Applicaiton & program start details pending updates- watch website for updates

“Advanced Standing” Dental Therapy Program
(pursuing CODA accreditation)

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Licensed RDH, Bachelor’s degree in any field


24 months

Program suspended while pursuing CODA accreditation- watch website for updates

Licensure Requirements


  • Pass a two-part competency-based clinical exam (borad exams)
    1. ​Manikin restorations exam
    2. In-person clinical exam, often taken alongside dental students as the exam is identical
  • Pass a computer-based didactic exam (board exam)
  • Apply for dental therapy licensure. See the Michigan Dental Therapist Licensing Guide 

Practice Requirements


  • Must work under a Written Practice Agreement with the supervising dentist(s). See statute section 16655
  • Complete 35 CEUs every 2 years
  • Practice within the settings allowed by statute- see section 16654 for details
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