First year students take up residence in Anchorage to begin their studies as Dental Health Aide Therapists. Training includes one year of classroom instruction in oral health principles and practices. Students become immersed in the didactic material, but also see real patients, both children and adults, providing diagnostic and preventive services. In addition, they perform fillings on the teeth of mannequins that serve as patients in the laboratory.
Gracie NelsonBethel, AK
“I’ve been coming to the Bethel Clinic for two months now. It didn’t take long for me to get an appointment in Bethel, like the same day. Growing up in the village we always had to travel to Bethel to get our dental work done. Back then they didn’t have enough providers. Today the DHATs are able to go into the village and do that work there.”