Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene—Accelerated (BS)

Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

Fast track your career launch at New England’s top college for dental hygiene, and join one of the highest-rated professions in healthcare support.

Preventive Oral Health Integrated with Diagnostics and Treatment Planning

In this year-round, 33-month immersive course of study at the Boston campus of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), you will work alongside professional experts in our renowned on-campus clinic and external community sites. When you complete our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, you will hold the preferred degree in the field and be eligible to take the national and regional licensure exams.

Your 33-Month Journey

As well as learning to assess patients’ risks for disease and prescribe long-term oral healthcare goals, you will gain a broad, science-based perspective on dental hygiene research and practice.

First-Year Experience

  • study anatomy, physiology, and the impact of nutrition on oral health
  • explore basic chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics
  • learn the essentials of psychology, expository writing, and communication
  • explore patient and healthcare communities through the study of American culture, public life, and human psychology

Second-Year Experience

  • study dental anatomy, embryology, histology, periodontology, and pathology
  • participate in pre-clinic, dental radiology, and dental materials labs
  • learn dental hygiene process of care and in pain management labs
  • develop skills for conducting oral health research

Third-Year Experience

  • deepen your knowledge of pharmacology and the medical complex through patient case-study analysis
  • participate in extensive clinical dental hygiene care in our onsite and external practice sites
  • investigate the scope of dental hygiene practice and career management
  • explore health care ethics and community oral health
  • complete a capstone project in dental hygiene leadership

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene is the longest continually running dental hygiene program in the country. Our on-site dental hygiene clinics are equipped with leading-edge equipment and technology and students work closely with faculty on real patients so they have ample professional experience the day they graduate.

Doing well while doing good

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

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.

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$78k average salary

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports dental hygienist salaries ranging from $60k to $100k in 2021.

#5 Best Dental Hygiene Bachelor's

In the U.S., as ranked by College Factual. 


Aiming for dental school?

At MCPHS, we offer a bachelor-of-science predental track that prepares you for dental school while also equipping you for dental hygiene licensure.

See if our Dental Hygiene—Predental Track is right for you.

A crucial role in holistic healthcare

Our focus on team-based care prepares you to work with other healthcare providers, which leads to better communication across health professions and improves patient outcomes.

Comprehensive oral health knowledge

As an essential member of a healthcare team, you will be equipped to assess patients’ oral condition and risk for oral disease and to develop treatment plans to meet patients’ oral health needs.

Latest technology

In our renowned on-campus dental clinic, you will be trained on state-of-the-art equipment using a scientific and evidence-based approach to the practice of dental hygiene.

Evidence-based care planning

Specializing in preventive care, you will be trained to provide exceptional patient care that promotes oral health, helps prevent oral disease, and leads to improved overall systemic health.

Other Pathways to a Career in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene—Fast Track

Full-time 16 month program on our Worcester campus.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene—Predental Track

Full-time 37 month program on our Boston campus.

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.

Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Professions Education

9-credit online program.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene — Degree Completion

Part-time and fully online.

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View the Technical Standards and the Exposure Control Plan [PDF] for the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene.