MCPHS—Worcester: Fast Track Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

MCPHS—Worcester: Fast Track Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


Description: Aerial view of MCPHS Description: Esther M. Wilkins
Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic
MCPHS University Description: Instructors using tools and models to train students in dental hygiene. Christine Dominick: Generally dental hygiene programs are two full years in length, and you’re awarded Christine Dominick, CDA, RDH, M. Oc. Ed
Professor of Dental Hygiene and Associate Dean
Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene Worcester
Christine Dominick: an associate degree. Here at Mass College of Pharmacy, all our programs are accelerated, so the epitome of that
really is the new fast track, which is a 16-month or 4-semester program where
students come in doing just the professional phase of the program. Each
step along the way in the educational program has a didactic component and a
counterpart of a hands-on. Description: Dental hygiene students receiving clinical training Christine Dominick: Now the clinical part, which is the main part of
what we do is lockstep along the continuum of the program, where they
learn something, and then they immediately the next day go into a
clinic session where they practice it and they get very good at it. They’re
accurate. They’re quick and efficient. Each of our labs has a dedicated unit
for each student. For example, if they’re in radiography lab learning how to take
dental X-rays, each student has a mannequin to practice on. We work in teams of 1 to
4, and that way we can work one-on-one with our students in a quantity of time
to be successful. It’s very important to have an on-site clinic for the students
because this is their first experience. They start training on plastic sets of teeth and each other, and then the second semester they start seeing patients from
the community, so they do do the bulk of their patient care here on our on-site
clinics. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and allows us to be
able to evaluate and assess their level of competency in a fair and even playing
field. Students in the fast-track program enter the job market in December, and
that’s six months ahead of the community college’s graduating the bulk of dental
hygiene graduates in May, so our students have a wide-open market where
number of them are out looking for job openings. They are also being very well
prepared for their licensure and clinical boards. Dr. Caroline Zeind, PharmD, RPh
Professor and Associate Provost
Chief Academic Officer-Worcester/Manchester Caroline Zeind: We’ve had a hundred
percent pass rate in the last two years for first-time takers, which is fantastic,
and our graduates are finishing with a bachelor’s degree, and they are fully
employed. They have an advantage over graduates from other programs in dental
hygiene Description: Aerial view of MCPHS Description: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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