Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Accelerated

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. This program helps you fast track your career as a dental hygienist by combining a science-based academic curriculum with extensive clinical experience, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

During the accelerated time frame of 33 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in our prestigious on-campus clinic and community facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll hold a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene, increasingly the preferred degree in the field, and be eligible for national and regional dental hygiene licensure examinations.

Is accelerated right for me? Learn the difference between our accelerated and fast track bachelor degree programs.

Students interested in becoming a dentist should consider our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Predental Track). This program combines the prerequisites for dental school with a dental hygiene bachelor’s degree.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first year of the dental hygiene program. 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 will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Transferable Courses for Year I Entry:

  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • 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)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Curriculum


Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 110

Anatomy and Physiology I (w/ lab)

4

CHE 110

Basic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

LIB120

Introduction to Psychology

3

TOTAL


15

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 210

Anatomy and Physiology II (w/ lab)

4

CHE 210

Basic Chemistry II (w/ lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

MAT 143

Mathematics for Dental Hygienists

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

TOTAL


17

Year I-Summer session

COURSE

TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal
Communication for Health Professionals

3

DHY 232

Nutrition

2

TOTAL


3

Year I-Summer session I

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255

Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

TOTAL


4

Year I-Summer session II

COURSE

TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

MAT 261

Statistics

3

TOTAL


3

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 202

Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology

2

DHY 204

Head and Neck Anatomy

2

DHY 209

Dental Hygiene Process of Care I

4

DHY 209L

Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinical Laboratory

2

DHY 230

Dental Radiology (w/ lab)

3

DHY 231

Dental Materials (w/ lab)

3

TOTAL


16

Year II-Spring

COURSE

TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 211

Dental Hygiene Process of Care II

3

DHY 223

Clinical Dental Hygiene I

3

DHY 233

Periodontology

3

DHY 330

Pathology

3


Distribution elective

3

TOTAL


15

Year II - Summer session

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
  Distribution Elective
 3

DHY 420O

Oral Health Research

3

DHY 343

Pain Management

3

TOTAL


9

Year II-Summer session II

COURSE

TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 320O

Introduction to Healthcare Delivery

3

TOTAL


3

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 310

Dental Hygiene Process of Care III

3

DHY 323

Clinical Dental Hygiene II

4

DHY 342

Pharmacology

3

DHY 350

Community Oral Health

3


Program elective

3

TOTAL


16

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 311

Dental Hygiene Process of Care IV

2

DHY 324

Clinical Dental Hygiene III

4

DHY 460

Capstone Leadership in Dental Hygiene

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

DHY 345

Practice and Career Management

2


Distribution elective

3

TOTAL


17

Total credits to complete degree program: 120 s.h.

DHYG Program Electives

COURSE
TITLE 

BEH 250

Health Psychology

BEH 260

Behavioral Health

BEH 350

Abnormal Psychology

BEH 355

Organizational Psychology

DHY 425O

Educational Theories & Methods 

HSC 301O

Health Promotion 

HSC 320O

Writing for Health Science professionals

HSC 325O

Healthcare Management

HSC 401O

Public Health & Policy

HSC 420O

Grant Writing for the Health Sciences 

PSB 261

Management

PSB 412

Patients' Rights & Professionals' Liabilities

PSB 235

Introduction to Business

PSB 415

Accounting

PSB 423

Pharmaceutical/Healthcare Marketing

PSB 444

Organizational Development


 

Meet Mariam

Mariam Dental Hygiene

As part of the accelerated Dental Hygiene program, she loves that MCPHS feels like a small campus in the heart of a big city.

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