Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene—Degree Completion

Applicants to this program must meet the minimum requirements

  • Graduated from an Accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  • 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
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language
  • Current employment in dental hygiene is recommended but not required

The following courses may be considered for transfer credit. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS may not be accepted.

Required Prerequisite Courses:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab preferred) (3 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Computer Applications or Physics (3 credits)
  • College-Level Life Science (3 credits)
  • College Algebra or Higher Level Math (3 credits)
  • Communication Studies (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication)
  • Composition I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology/American Culture, Identity and Public Life (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)