Dental Hygiene Bridge (AS to MS)

Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

Advance beyond your associate’s degree to a master’s degree—without first earning your bachelor’s—in this unique MCPHS program.

Advance Your Education and Career in the Nation’s Only Dental Hygiene Bridge Program

This one-of-a-kind program is offered entirely online and is designed for working hygienists who wish to advance their education and their careers. Our carefully constructed academic journey allows you to complete the essential coursework necessary to prepare associate’s-degree dental hygienists to move directly to your master’s studies. When you graduate, you’ll hold a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and be well prepared to move forward as an educator, administrator, researcher, or public-health professional.

Your AS to MS Bridge Journey

AS—MS Bridge

  • study oral health research, healthcare ethics, writing for health professionals, and a foundational course in statistics

  • explore oral health in special-care populations and be updated on evidence-based dental hygiene practice

Master of Science Graduate Program

Core Content

  • learn essentials in public health, health education, health behavior, health policy, and program planning and evaluation
  • study research design, methodology, and data analysis as well as how to prepare a manuscript for publication

Choose between two concentrations:

Education Concentration

  • study adult learning theory as well as curriculum and course design for health professionals (including a practicum for application of coursework)

Public Health Concentration

  • learn essentials in epidemiology as well as advanced dental hygiene practice (including a practicum for application of coursework)

Review the curriculum.

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.

Discover Dental Hygiene

$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

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene — Degree Completion

Part-time online program.

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Part-time or full-time online program.

Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Professions Education

9-credit online program.