Program Overview

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene through the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. The Dental Hygiene Program is for dental hygienists who have already earned a Bachelor's degree but are interested in working beyond the clinical practice.

This innovative program has a total of 36 credit hours that can be completed part-time for all students. The program uses computer-assisted distance learning, with very few class meetings on the campus. The three required visits to campus include orientation, thesis research, and thesis presentation. Students will receive the dates far in advance to allow for potential scheduling issues. To be accepted into the program, students must attend the full orientation. Students may also have the opportunity to be a part of live web conferences throughout the program.

There are a total of 27 credit hours for the main curriculum classes that all students in the Dental Hygiene program must take. This includes a final thesis that students will present at the end of their program session. Next, students may either choose a concentration in Dental Hygiene Education or Public Health. Each concentration has a total of nine credits.

The main goal of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science is to train dental hygiene professionals in order to enhance their careers. This may include leadership roles in state and or community based public administration. Other careers include dental professional education, dental industry marketing and product development, research, and public and private health agencies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    For admission into the program applicants must have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, have had one year of work experience in health care and have achieved a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as detailed in the current MCPHS College Catalog.

    School Overview

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a four-year private school located in Boston, Massachusetts. The College was founded by pharmacists in 1823, which makes it the oldest institution of higher education in the entire city of Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. The online campus provides online courses that students can take from home and have a course experience that is similar to on-campus instruction. Online courses utilized discussion boards, voice/video enabled sessions, and email access.

    MCPHS is one of the few private, freestanding colleges in the United States specializing in the education of health professionals. The school offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. 


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