Training is a two-year program with the first year in Anchorage. Second year is in Bethel in collaboration with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation at the Yuut Elitnaurviat People’s Learning Center.


  • High School diploma or GED. Preference given to applicants with some college level academics.
  • Prior experience in dental or medical setting preferred.
  • Personal statement as to why you want to be a DHAT.
  • References from Tribal Association & employer or community leader.
  • Preference given to applicants with Tribal Association sponsorship.

How to Apply

The 2014 DENTEX application form is now available for downloading by clicking the PDF icon.

For more information contact your Tribal Association, Tribal Dental Director, or call the DENTEX Program at (907) 729-5600

Savannah Bonorden

From Sitka,AK

Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

“Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field. We’re a new kind of provider, a profession that has so much promise to the future of oral health. I see all the smiles and gratitude the patients have for the services we provide and I’m proud to be here helping. It warms my heart and gives me the sense that I’m doing something right.”