What will I learn?

As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. In this program, you’ll build on your previous associate’s degree to advance to a master’s degree, without first earning your bachelor’s degree.

The nation’s first and only bridge program is offered entirely online on a part-time basis for working hygienists who wish to advance their education and their careers. When you graduate, you’ll hold a master’s degree in Dental Hygiene and be well prepared to move forward as an educator, administrator or researcher.

Attendance at an in-person orientation on the Boston campus is required for all new students prior to Fall enrollment.


  • Public Health
  • Education

Which department am I in?

MCPHS University

Study options

Online/Distance (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,020 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to the program, an applicant must have: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, Minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from an Accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in dental hygiene program courses
  • Completed one year of work experience in healthcare
  • Successfully completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • A license to practice dental hygiene or eligibility for licensure in at least one jurisdiction in the U.S. or Canada.

English Language Scores:

A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language.

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About MCPHS University

“MCPHS is surrounded by global healthcare institutions, keeping students motivated and determined to become medical professionals” – pre-med student.

  • #1 university in the U.S. for earning power, WSJ/THE 2018
  • #1 transformative college in the U.S., Money Magazine 2018
  • #9 specialty institutions for internationals, Open Doors 2018
  • #16 most diverse university in the U.S., 24/7 Wall Street