Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Professions Education

Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

Journey from Practitioner to Educator

We offer this nine-credit-hour program entirely online. It is designed for practicing dental professionals, including licensed dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. This special MCPHS program builds on your previous bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene—or graduate degree in another field—and provides education methodology courses to prepare you as an educator in dental, dental hygiene, or dental assisting in a variety of educational settings. If you wish to continue your education with our Master of Science in Dental Hygiene, you may use credits from this program toward that degree. The program begins in the fall.

Your Program Experience

This graduate certificate program requires you to complete three courses that will help redefine your position in oral health from dental hygienist to expert educator:

  • Adult Learning Theory for Oral Health Professions Education
  • Curriculum and Course Design in Oral Health Professions Education
  • Oral Health Professions Education Practicum

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS

Ours is the longest continually running dental hygiene program in the country.

Doing well while doing good

Professional success and personal satisfaction go hand-in-hand for MCPHS dental hygiene graduates.

Ranked #35 / 100 Best Jobs

U.S. News & World Report ranks dental hygienist as one of the best jobs in 2023.

The MCPHS Dental Hygiene Clinical Experience

Work with a diverse patient population from MCPHS and surrounding communities in one of the nation’s preeminent dental clinics.

$78k median salary

For dental hygienists according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. News & World Report.

Allison Leader

Dental Hygiene Student Donates Stem Cells to Patient in Need

During a stem cell biology class, Allison Leader, DH ’21 learned about bone marrow transplants. When she had the opportunity to donate, she undertook the arduous journey.

Other Pathways to a Career in Dental Hygiene

MCPHS offers multiple pathways for graduate students.

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Part-time or full-time online program.

AS to MS in Dental Hygiene Bridge Program

Part-time online program.