College launches Washington's 1st dental therapy education program

Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash., is launching the first dental therapy education program in the state.

The goal of the program is to address oral health workforce disparities among underrepresented minorities, specifically American Indian and Alaska Native communities, according to an Aug. 19 news release from the college.

The program is the result of a partnership with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

The dental therapy education program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and was granted the accreditation status of approval with reporting requirements, according to the release.

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