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dəxʷx̌ayəbus-Dental Therapy Program

Program Admissions

The Dental Therapy program is a selective admissions program with a dedicated application process. Prospective students who complete the admissions process will be contacted for an interview and will then be notified of acceptance into the Dental Therapy program. Additional immunizations may be required upon acceptance into the program.

Admissons Process

Dental Therapy uses the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Must have a High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be 18 years or older at time of application.
  • Must pass a comprehensive background check including a national multi-state criminal background check.
  • Must pass a drug screening test.
  • Must have proof of current immunizations/vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, annual influenza, COVID vaccination, and negative Tuberculosis (TB) evaluation.
  • Must have proof of health insurance.


Schedule Zoom Information Session


Complete Program-specific Application


  • Compose an essay of 300-500 words maximum answering the following questions:
    1. Describe how you are involved in your community and how will you influence oral care services as a dental therapist.
    2. Describe and provide examples of your strengths and weaknesses that will shape you into an oral healthcare advocate and life-long learner.
  • Provide a description of Tribal Sponsorship/Sponsoring Relationship (if applicable).
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (teachers, employers, supervisors, co-workers, etc.)


Program Admission Essay Evaluation
Advanced Complete/Proficient Getting There Unacceptable Missing
Response to Prompts Substantive response to all essay prompts, which demonstrates outstanding preparation and reflection. Complete or mostly complete responses to essay prompts, which demonstrates adequate preparation and reflection. Partically complete responses to essay prompts. Does not follow essay prompts.
Clarity of Response Logically structured, with a fluid seamless flow. Supports ease of comprehension through appropriate formatting tools. Few avoidable spelling, punctuation or proofreading errors. Mostly logically structured and comprehensible. Occasional avoidable spelling, punctuation or proofreading errors. Some logical structure and some comprehension are possible. Multiple avoidable spelling, punctuation and proofreading errors. Format limits effectiveness of response. Impossible or virtually impossible to comprehend.
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