Dental Health Aide Therapist Student
SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka's Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.
The Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program is operated in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. This program supports health providers in the dental profession by offering academic credentials in addition to the certification. Those credentials facilitate the transition into higher level career pathways, such as a baccalaureate degree, or degrees in dental hygiene and dentistry.
Dental therapy students will complete the classroom and practical phase in Anchorage (first year). The clinical and educational phases arecompleted in Anchorage/Bethel and includes travel to remote villages to provide oral health care. The course of study is equivalent to three academic years.
Upon graduation, Dental Health Aide Therapists are typically employed with a Tribal Health Organization (such as SEARHC) and will provide clinical and educational services in rural communities throughout the state. Graduates will commit to 4 years of employment upon hire as a Dental Health Aide Therapist.
Must have a high school diploma or GED
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Prior college course work would be helpful.
Prior education and/or experience in the field of Dental is highly preferred.
Must be willing and able to attend and complete 2 years of schooling outside of Southeast Alaska.
Must be willing and able to commit to 4 years or more of full-time employmentwith SEARHCupon hire as a DHAT.
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium