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MCPHS Celebrates Centennial Anniversary of Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

  • This year, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene.

    As part of our recognition of this historic milestone, the University welcomed faculty, staff, students and alumni to the Centennial Celebration on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

    In a message to the community at the Centennial Celebration, President Charles F. Monahan Jr. and Linda D. Boyd, Dean of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, acknowledged the history of the institution while paying tribute to the community.

    "We gather to honor the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene's illustrious past in anticipation of its brilliant future," read the message, which was presented to attendees as part of a special commemorative timeline. "On a deeper level, we pay tribute to the faculty, students, staff, and alumni who live, work and breathe commitment to the practice of dental hygiene and the promotion of positive oral health practice."

    The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS is the longest continually operating school of dental hygiene in the United States, and is defined by a rich history of innovation.

    Thomas Alexandar Forsyth and John Hamilton Forsyth created the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children in 1910. In 1916, the first class of dental hygiene students began their studies, with the first class of thirteen students graduating in 1917.

    In 2002, MCPHS acquired the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene as part of our continued commitment to preparing students for meaningful and successful careers spanning the health sciences spectrum. In 2005, we opened the Ester M. Wilkins Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic on our Boston campus, and in 2013, we opened a second location on our Worcester campus.

    Esther M. Wilkins, for whom our clinic is named, is a Forsyth alum and author of the top resource text for dental hygiene students, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. She is still considered to be a preeminent voice in dental hygiene education.

    Today, the clinic is considered to be the most comprehensive oral hygiene education and services clinic in New England. Here, our students deliver high quality oral healthcare services to the public, empowering them to gain hands-on experience by working with real patients, while also giving back to our broader community.

    The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene offers bachelor's, master's, and graduate certificate programs, including the new Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Predental Track).

    Learn more

    Take a deeper dive into the history of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene through the "Celebrating 100 Years" experience on With historical pictures, timelines, and first-hand accounts, it's the perfect place to learn more about this historic milestone. Check out these quick links for more:

    How it all began

    The changing faces of admission

    The evolution of professional opportunity

    Development and transformation of the dental hygiene curriculum

    Forsyth facilities: Moving through the century

    A yearbook look at student life

    Fond memories of Forsyth