Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Fast Track)

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

This program is designed for transfer students and bachelor degree holders. As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. This program builds on your previous college studies and combines 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 fast tracked time frame of 16 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.

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Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track 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.

Required Courses For Students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)

Additional Courses Required For Students without a Bachelor's Degree:

  • College Algebra (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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: Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Government, American Studies, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, or an additional History/Political Science course)

*Students entering without a prior bachelors degree must also take PSB 320 Intro to Health Care Delivery during the program’s summer term for a total of 16 credits. Additionally, these students will also take the Dental Hygiene Program Elective during the last semester of the program, increasing the credits to 17 that term.

**Official exam results from CLEP examinations can be used for up to 18 credits of prerequisite requirements.

We are now offering ‘On-The-Spot Admission’ appointments for students interested in Dental Hygiene on the Worcester campus for the Fall 2017 semester. Your visit will include:

  • Tour of classrooms and clinical space
  • Observe students practicing in campus clinic
  • On-the-spot admission discussion with Admissions (please bring copies of all college transcripts)
  • Free dental cleaning coupon

Taking advantage of this opportunity will give you the chance to make a strong, positive impression while we review your file and make an admissions decision on the spot!   You can be considered for admission for the full-time accelerated 16-month Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

To schedule, please email Patrick Cameron at Patrick.Cameron@mcphs.edu or call 508.373.5727 to schedule a date and time.

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY202

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

DHY 232

Nutrition

2

TOTAL


18

Year I-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

DHY 343

Pain Management with lab

3

LIB 512

Health Care Ethics

3

TOTAL


18

Year I-Summer Session

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 310

Dental Hygiene Process of Care III

3

DHY 350

Community Oral Health

3

DHY 420

Oral Health Research

3

DHY 323

Clinical Dental Hygiene II

4

TOTAL


13

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

DHY 311

Dental Hygiene Process of Care IV

2

DHY 324

Clinical Dental Hygiene III

4

DHY 342

Pharmacology

3

DHY 460

Capstone Leadership in Dental Hygiene

3

DHY 345

Practice & Career Management

2

TOTAL


14

Total institutional credits to complete degree requirements: 63 semester hours

 
 

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