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.
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.
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 The University's offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.
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.