Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene—Degree Completion

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.

Preprofessional (Arts And Sciences) Core Courses

Prior completion of the preprofessional 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.

Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab preferred) 3
Basic Chemistry I (with lab) 4
Computer Applications OR Physics 3
College Algebra or Higher Level Math 3
College-Level Life Science 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

Professional Courses: Required Professional Component

The following MCPHS courses comprise the professional phase of the curriculum (36 semester hours) and must be completed at MCPHS.

DHY420 Oral Health Research Methods 3
DHY442 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY446 Oral Health in Special Care Populations 3
HSC320 Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
LIB512 Healthcare Ethics 3
MAT261 Statistics 3
  Dental Hygiene Program Electives 18
Total Semester Credit Hours 36


Type Credits
Credits Accepted in Transfer for AD Professional DH Coursework: 44
Credits from Arts and Sciences Core: 40
Required Professional Component (taken at MCPHS Online) 36
 TOTAL 122

The required minimum number of credits to complete a BS in Dental Hygiene Is 120 Semester Hours.