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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Fast Track) program at MCPHS!

We’re excited that you’ll be joining us soon. There are some important steps to prepare for your time at MCPHS, detailed below. We will continue to post specific information on this page, so be sure to check back often.

White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the department. White coat sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing. Students entering the program in fall 2022 should complete the white coat order form by August 3, 2022.

Questions about white coat orders can be directed to Shannon.Marks@mcphs.edu.

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. In the meantime, here is some preliminary information regarding uniforms, scrub caps, shoes, and socks that you will need to purchase:

Scrubs and warm up jackets can be purchased online from any vendor or through the local vendor Uniforms for America. Scrubs and warm up jackets will also be available to try on and purchase from Uniforms for America during on-campus orientation on September 1, 2022. Students should only purchase approved uniforms (Cherokee Workwear brand only) of the designated color to be worn at Forsyth clinic.

  • Scrubs sets (two sets: pants, top and jacket) should be purchased as soon as possible but no later than September 12, 2022. Worcester students should purchase Cherokee Workwear black colored scrubs. Students are strongly encouraged to make the purchases online in order to meet the deadline.
  • Shoes should be all leather with a full heel/back (slip-ons or shoes with back straps are not acceptable). There should be no shoelaces, nylon, mesh, or cloth on them.
  • Shoes can be any color but should have minimal logos and/or additional colors.
  • Socks must be high enough to cover exposed skin when clinician is seated. The color of socks is optional, but the design must remain professional.
  • Scrub cap - any color/professional design acceptable as long as it covers all hair (a disposable bouffant cap will be provided if you decide not to purchase your own).

Uniform compliance is due no later than September 12, 2022. Lack of compliance after this date will result in dismissal from the lab.

Students have access to on-site lockers assigned to them for the entire duration of their clinical experiences at Forsyth. The lockers will be assigned during the first pre-clinical session. Please purchase and bring with you a CODE (no key) lock.

Please ensure that your computer and other devices are compliant with the MCPHS technology requirements.

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

The American Heart Association CPR/BLS Life Support Provider Course (formerly called Training for Healthcare Providers) is required by all students in order to participate in labs and clinics and must be completed no later than September 12, 2022. BLS/CPR training must include a hands-on training component to meet the FSDH program requirements. A list of qualifying courses offered at a location near you can be found on CPR Courses Search.

Courses offered by different providers will need approval from the Professional Services Director, Dr. Susan Jenkins, who can be contacted at susan.jenkins@mcphs.edu. If you hold current Provider 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.

It is strongly recommended that 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 contact lenses, you will need to have a copy of your prescription from your eye doctor when placing your order. More information about getting measured for dental loupes will be provided to you once the classes start.

To provide diverse, real-life patient experiences, students will be assigned to various external dental settings to provide patient care. The assignments will be limited to a Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday to avoid interfering with other course offerings. Students can expect to travel to distant sites within 1 hour from campus during the patient-care clinic curriculum and are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Having (owning or renting) a textbook is essential for your success in the program. Verify the textbooks you need to obtain for individual courses within the Student Self-Service portal or by contacting the course faculty directly.

The MCPHS bookstore on the Boston campus is able to sell and rent textbooks to students. Shipping is free to students ordering course material.

Fall 2022 Book List:

DHY 209/209L Process of Care I:

  • Boyd, L. D., Mallonee, L. F. & Wyche, C. J. Wilkins' Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 13th Edition, Jones & Barlett Learning, 2020. ISBN: 9781496396273
  • Gehrig, J.S. Patient Assessment Tutorials, 4th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2018. ISBN: 9781496335005 (Paperback or electronic copy required for lab)
  • Gehrig, J.S. Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation & Advanced Root Instrumentation, 8th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2017. ISBN: 9781975117504 (Paperback or electronic copy required for lab)

DHY 231/231L Dental Materials:

  • Eakle, S. & Bastin, K. Dental Materials Clinical Application for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 4th Edition. Elsivier. Paperback ISBN: 9780323596589
  • A companion lab manual (updated copy will be available in late summer 2022)

DHY 230/230L Radiology:

  • Iannucci, J. & Howerton, L. Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques 6th Edition. Elsevier, 2021. ISBN (Print): 978-0-323-69550-3 or ISBN (eBook): 9780323695527

DHY 204 Anatomical Science of Head & Neck:

  • Fehrenbach and Herring, Illustrated Anatomy of the Head & Neck (6th Edition) ISBN: 978-0323613019 / 0323613012
  • Fehrenbach, Dental Anatomy Coloring book 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-0323473453 / 9780323473453 (Optional)

DHY 202: Oral Embryology, Oral Histology and Dental Anatomy:

  • Fehrenbach and Popowics: Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology, & Anatomy (5th Edition) ISBN: 978-0323611077 / 0323611079

DHY 232: Nutrition:

  • Palmer. C.A. and Boyd L.D. Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Pearson; 2016. Print ISBN: 9780134296722; eText ISBN: 9780134285931

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