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Panel of National Experts Releases Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs in the U.S.
October 30, 2013

http://www.communitycatalyst.org/news/press-releases/panel-of-national-experts-releases-standards-for-dental-therapy-education-programs-in-the-u-s

Some of the panel's primary recommendations include:

Dental therapists should be trained to practice under the supervision of a dentist and to work collaboratively as part of a dental care team.

Dental therapy curricula must include at least two calendar years of full-time instruction or its equivalent at the post-secondary level, and graduates must receive an associate degree. If a student is to be jointly trained in dental therapy and dental hygiene, the curriculum must include at least three years of full-time instruction or its equivalent.

Graduates from dental therapy programs must be able to competently provide care within a scope of practice that includes assessing patients' oral health needs, providing preventive care and treatment for basic oral health problems, and recognizing and managing complications, while adhering to all recognized community and professional standards.

Dental therapy education program leaders must be qualified to administer the program, but do not need to be dentists. However, if a program is not dentist-led it must employ a dental director-a licensed dentist who is continually involved in the program.

http://www.communitycatalyst.org/doc-store/publications/dental-therapy-education-standards.pdf

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