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Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

BS in Dental Hygiene Completion Program

Program Overview

Are you an associate’s degree-holding dental hygienist working in a hygiene practice? Are you looking for new career options or considering the pursuit of a master’s degree in the future? Then the BS in Dental Hygiene Completion program might be the right fit for you. With the convenience of online coursework, students can take courses toward their bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene while continuing to work full-time.

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Innovative Programs

All professional courses are offered entirely online with one required visit to campus for orientation. Using the latest in online technology, some classes will occasionally include live web conferences. A schedule for these sessions is published at the beginning of the semester so that you can plan accordingly.

Mandatory Orientation

This 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 The University's offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.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 will advance beyond a career in clinical practice and be able to 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 a 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 (i.e., dental assistant, nurse’s aide, social worker, etc.)
  • 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 of 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Current employment in dental hygiene is recommended but not required

Additionally, prior completion of the required pre-professional courses listed below as well as general electives is preferred although not required. Courses already completed that meet MCPHS University transfer credit policies will be accepted for transfer credit.

Please note that math and science coursework that is more than ten years old is not eligible for transfer credit and will need to be repeated.

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
  Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab preferred)
3
  Basic Chemistry I (with Lab)
4
  Computer Applications or College Algebra or Physics
3
  Statistics
3
  Ethics
3
  Communication Studies*
3
  Composition I
3
  Composition II
3
  Introduction to Psychology
3
  Introduction to Sociology/American Culture, Identity and Public Life
3
  Behavioral Sciences Distribution Course*
3
  Social Sciences Distribution Course*
3
  Humanities Course*
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
40

The remaining requirements beyond those transferred during the admission process must be completed at MCPHS Online unless approved in advance by the Admission Office. After matriculation to MCPHS Online, courses will need to be approved by the Academic Resource Center.

*Suggested classes that may be taken to satisfy these distribution courses include:

  • Communication Studies: Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication
  • Behavioral Science: Any upper level psychology course
  • Social Science: History, Political Science, Government, American Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Economics
  • Humanities: Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages

Curriculum

Upon admission to the program, students who are registered dental hygienists and who have completed a dental hygiene program at a regionally accredited institution will be awarded credit for prior dental hygiene professional course work completed in their associate degree up to a maximum of 44 credit hours.

1. Pre-Professional (Arts and Sciences) Core Courses

Prior completion of the pre-professional coursework below is preferred prior to admission although not required. Coursework not accepted in transfer from the list below will need to be completed at MCPHS Online or at another institution with prior approval from the Academic Resource Center.

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
  Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab preferred
3
  Basic Chemistry I (with lab)
4
  Computer Applications OR College Algebra OR Physics
3
  Statistics
3
  Ethics
3
  Communication Skills
3
  Composition I
3
  Composition II
3
  Introduction to Psychology
3
  Introduction to Sociology/American Culture, Identity and Public Life
3
  Behavioral Science distribution course
3
  Social Science distribution course
3
  Humanities course
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
40

 

2. Professional Courses

The following MCPHS University courses comprise the professional phase of the curriculum (30 semester hours) and must be completed at MCPHS University. This total comes from the required 21 semester hours from the required professional component and nine credits from the professional electives.

Required Professional Component

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DHY420 Oral Health Research
3
DHY442 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice
3
DHY446 Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs Patients
3
DHY701 Essentials of Public Health
3
HSC 320 Writing for Health Science Professionals
3
DHY342 Directed Study
3
DHY490 Practicum I
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
21

 

Professional Electives (choose 9 semester hours)

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DHY425 Educational Theories and Methods
3
HSC420 Grant Proposal Writing for Health Sciences
3
HSC325 Healthcare Management
3
DHY491 Practicum II
3
HSC301 Health Promotion
3

 

3. General Electives

The general electives (6 semester hours) may be additional professional electives or other courses (for example, Anatomy & Physiology II, Basic Chemistry II, languages, pre-calculus, etc.) that meet MCPHS University transfer credit policies.

Please note: The required minimum number of credits to complete baccalaureate in dental hygiene is 120 semester hours as outlined below.

Credits Accepted in Transfer for AD Professional DH Coursework: 44 Semester hours
Credits from Arts and Sciences Core: 40 Semester hours
Required Professional Component (taken at MCPHS Online) 21 Semester hours
Professional Electives (taken at MCPHS Online) 9 Semester hours
General Electives (may be accepted in transfer) 6 Semester hours

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in the BS in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $650/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 $1950. 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 University 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 program?

We created the completion program for practicing professionals and those with family obligations:

  • One visit to campus is required for orientation only.
  • Most coursework is online, although you may need to work on some course projects in your community or participate in previously scheduled web conferences.

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

An applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in dental hygiene courses earned in an accredited dental hygiene program. There is no GPA requirement for other course credits earned.

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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/practice experience and English language abilities.

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What is expected of the online 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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