The Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) program is expanding!


YKHC is planning on sponsoring more students for the DHAT Training Program!

Please click here to submit an application.

Dental Health Aide Therapist Sponsorship FAQ

What does a DHAT do?

DHATs provide preventive dental services, restorative dentistry and simple extractions.

Will successful completion of the training program result in a college degree?

YES! The program is associated with Ilisagvik College and can result in an Associates Degree.

What are the prerequisites for the program?

High School Diploma prior to July 2018

How long is the DHAT Training Program?

2 years of formal education followed by a preceptorship that typically lasts around 6 months.

When does the training program start?

 July 2018

Where does the training take place?

The first year is in Anchorage and the second year may be based out of Anchorage or Bethel.

The preceptorship will be in Bethel.

What exactly does the sponsorship pay for?

Tuition, Housing, Living Allowance and Travel Assistance will be supplied during the 2 years of formal education.

Candidate will be paid as a YKHC employee eligible for YKHC benefits when they start their preceptorship.

Is there any obligation to YKHC after the training is complete?

Yes! Upon completion of training, the candidate will be expected to work for YKHC for 4 years.

When will the application be open?

Applications are open now and will be open until January 15, 2018

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Judith Burks, Dental Health Aide Therapist Coordinator for YKHC, at 907-543-6251 or