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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. The Fall 2021 white coat order form will be available in the summer.

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, shoes, and socks that you will need to purchase:

Scrubs and warm up jackets will be available for purchase online and/or through a local vendor, Uniforms For America located in Watertown, MA. Students can purchase approved scrubs (Cherokee Workwear brand ONLY) with designated color from other vendors or suppliers as well as Uniforms For America.

Scrubs (two sets: pant, top, and jacket) must be purchased by the end of the first week of school. Worcester students will purchase black colored scrubs. Further information regarding ordering scrubs will be provided to students before the beginning of the semester. In addition to scrubs, shoes and socks will also need to be purchased. Students are free to choose whatever style they wish as long as they fall within the following parameters.

  • Shoes should be ALL leather with a full heel/back (slip-ons or shoes with back straps are not acceptable). There should be NO nylon, mesh, or cloth on them.
  • Shoes can be only be black or white and 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.

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) 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 here.

Students are encouraged to complete this training prior to 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.

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.


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