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Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

Master of Science Degree (MS) Bridge Program for Associate Degree (AD) Dental Hygienists

Program Overview

Are you an associate’s degree-holding dental hygienist? Did you know that you can advance to a master’s degree dental hygienist without first earning your bachelor’s degree? At MCPHS Online, the Associate Degree to Master of Science Degree (AD to MS) in Dental Hygiene is an online bridge program specifically designed for practicing dental hygienists who have an associate’s degree.

The AD to MS bridge program was created as an alternative pathway to move dental hygienists from associate to graduate levels to satisfy the future demand for educators, administrators, researchers and advanced practitioners. Our students move seamlessly from the bridge component of the program to the master’s degree program without the need to reapply to the graduate phase of the program or to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Innovative Programs

Our bridge program is absolutely one-of-a kind. You won’t find another one in the United States! Courses are offered entirely online with 2-3 visits to campus over the duration of the program for orientation and thesis research and presentation. You will learn required dates well in advance because our faculty and staff are sensitive to your scheduling challenges.

Using the latest in online technology, some classes will occasionally include live web conferences in the evening. A schedule for these sessions is published at the beginning of the semester so that you can plan accordingly.

Mandatory Orientation

The AD to MS in Dental Hygiene Bridge program holds a mandatory orientation for new students prior to the start of the fall semester. These dates are announced well in advance (by January 1 of each year) and students are expected to attend and participate in every day of orientation for its entirety. The University's offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.

Careers

With a degree from MCPHS Online, you can advance beyond a career in clinical practice and find employment and leadership roles in state- and community-based public health administration, dental professional education, dental industry marketing and product development, research, and public and private health agencies and organizations.

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Prerequisites

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from dental hygiene program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in dental hygiene program courses
  • Completed one year of work experience in healthcare
  • Successfully completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • A license to practice dental hygiene or eligibility for licensure in at least one jurisdiction in the U.S. or Canada
  • Achieved a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as detailed in the current MCPHS University College Catalog

Curriculum

AD-MS Bridge portion (prior to entering the MS program and choosing PH or Ed track)

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
HSC320 Writing for Health Professionals
3
DHY446 Oral Health in Special Care Populations
3
MAT261 Statistics
3
DHY442 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice
3
DHY420 Oral Health Research Methods
3
LIB512 HealthCare Ethics
3
  Total Credit Hours
18

Master of Science Graduate Program/Education Track

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DHY714 Research Methodology & Statistics
3
DHY701 Essentials in Public Health
3
DHY722 Health Policy and Finance
3
DHY827 Administration & Management
3
DHY706 Health Education & Health Behavior
3
DHY703 Program Planning & Evaluation
3
DHY818 Research Fundamentals
3
DHY751 Adult Learning Theory Dental Hygiene Education
3
DHY831 Thesis I
3
DHY751 Curriculum & Course Design in Dental Hygiene Education
3
DHY832 Thesis II
3
DHY755 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum
3
DHY895 Graduate Extension (if needed)
0
  Total Credit Hours
36

Master of Science Graduate Program/ Public Health Track

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DHY714 Research Methodology & Statistics
3
DHY701 Essentials in Public Health
3
DHY722 Health Policy & Finance 3
DHY827 Administration & Management
3
DHY706 Health Education & Health Behavior
3
DHY703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY818 Research Fundamentals
3
DHY715 Epidemiology
3
DHY831 Thesis I 3
DHY840 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice
3
DHY832 Thesis II
3
DHY835 Public Health Practicum 3
DHY895 Graduate Extension (if needed)
0
  Total Semester Credit Hours
36

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in the bridge program during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for 2014, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1, 2014. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is June 1 each year for a fall semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University or Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Will I have to travel to MCPHS University during the graduate dental hygiene program?

Almost all coursework is online, although you may need to work in your community on some course projects. We created the program for practicing professionals and those with family obligations so we believe that the few campus visits are essential to the student’s success. In most cases, the dates will be announced 6 months in advance.

  • Each student must attend an on-campus orientation before beginning the program. Orientation is a 3-day workshop in Boston during the summer.
  • One visit to work with the student’s thesis advisor may be necessary.
  • The student must present the thesis in person at the conclusion of the program.
  • Graduation, scheduled each year in May and December, is a wonderful occasion to celebrate your success. We hope you will attend but it is an optional event.
 

Do I need to take the GRE or any other entrance exam?

Forsyth does not require the GRE or any other exam for admission to the graduate program.

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Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?

An applicant is eligible based on graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program. There is no GPA requirement for admission to the program.

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Are international students eligible for admission?

Canadian students are automatically qualified because of dental hygiene program accreditation. We consider applicants from other countries individually based on the equivalency of dental hygiene education and practice and English language abilities.

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How long is the program?

The student who attends full-time, enrolls in two courses each semester, can finish in two and a half years. Each student has the option of enrolling in one course per semester, or part-time, which takes more time to finish but may be a better choice for the applicant who works longer hours or has other responsibilities. Each student must complete all required courses within six years.

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Is there financial assistance for students in the graduate dental hygiene program?

Low-cost student loans are available even for working professionals. A student may also qualify for a monthly payment plan. For the details on these programs, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Few scholarships are offered to graduate students but two professional organizations provide opportunities. Go to the American Dental Hygienists' Association Scholarship website or the American Dental Education Association Scholarship and Awards page for information.

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How does an online program operate? What is expected of the student?

The student should anticipate spending about three hours per credit hour each week on learning activities. Faculty expects each student to access the course website no less than three times per week. For more information regarding the online education experience, we encourage you to visit our general FAQs section.

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Why should I choose Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene to continue my education?

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene MS program at MCPHS University follows the ADEA/ADHA Core Competencies for Graduate Dental Hygiene Education more closely than most other graduate dental hygiene programs. Click here for more information about Core Competencies.

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