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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Fast Track) program at MCPHS. We’re excited that you’ll be joining us in the fall. Before the program begins there are some next steps you’ll need to take to get ready. On this page you will find important information and forms that you will need to begin your studies. We will continue to post program specific information here so please bookmark this page and visit it often.

Next steps for incoming Dental Hygiene students.

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene has stringent clinical attire criteria which will be reviewed when you arrive for your first day of pre-clinic. Preliminary information will be made available to you this summer.

White coats and nametags will be ordered for each student by the Dental Hygiene department. Information on white coat and nametag ordering will be made available this summer.

Instrument kits/equipment will be distributed to students during the first pre-clinic session.

It is strongly recommended all students have a current eye exam prior to beginning the dental hygiene program. This will be helpful as students are fitted for dental loupes (magnification lenses). If you wear prescription glasses or contacts you will need to have a copy of your prescription from your eye doctor when placing your order.

Multiple DHY (dental hygiene) courses require the use of clickers (ResponseCard RF LCD) as a part of course participation. Some of these courses also require the purchase of a subscription along with the clicker. If you are not familiar with clickers, additional information will be provided to you regarding the use of this technology prior to or during the first week of class in September.

LiveText is an online e-portfolio which provided students with a virtual platform where they can present various projects and assignments. The purchase of a LiveText Account is mandatory for all students in the dental hygiene program, and the one-time purchase of a LiveText account provides students with a 7 year subscription.

The current fee for purchasing LiveText is $139, however, this fee may be subject to change. If you would like to purchase your account before the beginning of the school year, please visit the LiveText website and click on “Register” at the top of the page. Choose “Purchase Membership” and enter the information requested to create your LiveText account. When prompted select the “Standard Edition” option.

The American Heart Association CPR/BLS Life Support Provider Course (formerly called Training for Healthcare Providers) must be completed by all students. Online BLS/CPR training is not accepted and a face-to-face/hands-on training course must be completed in order to meet the FSDH program requirements. A list of qualifying courses offered at a location near you can be found on the American Heart Association website.

Students are encouraged to complete this training before the beginning of their entering fall semester. If you hold current CPR certification, you will need to provide proof of this by sharing a copy of both sides of your signed CPR card with a course director. You are not required to repeat CPR training until your current certification period expires.


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