2012 Dental Hygiene Graduates Celebrate a 100% Passage Rate on Board Exams
The Hiwassee College Dental Hygiene Class of 2012 is celebrating a 100% passage rate on their national and regional Dental Hygiene Board examinations. Pictured are: (Back row L to R) Kelsie Richeson, Trishna Patel, Morgan Blanc, Amanda Davis, Sydne Rader, and Natalie Smith. (Front row L to R) Laura Ouart, Cassie Conners, Holly Shelton, and Kari Sims.
Hiwassee College graduated its first dental hygiene class this past May and is now reporting a 100% passage rate by their graduates on both the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and the Dental Hygiene Examination administered by the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA).
The purpose of the NBDHE is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice dental hygiene. The examination assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical, dental, and dental hygiene sciences and the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context. The SRTA examination evaluates clinical judgment and performance in order to provide a reliable clinical assessment for use by state boards in making valid licensing decisions.
Leslie Barkley, Hiwassee College Dental Hygiene Program Director, said, “It has been exciting to see these students enter into the program with limited knowledge of dental hygiene and then develop into well educated healthcare professionals who will represent the profession well.”
“Hiwassee’s Dental Hygiene School is incredible for several reasons. The state of the art clinic is one of the school’s biggest assets; being almost entirely digital, having cutting edge radiographic technology, and a very diverse patient population is not something that is found in most dental hygiene schools,” stated Amanda Davis, a 2012 graduate of the Hiwassee College dental hygiene program. Davis went on to say, “The teachers genuinely want students to succeed and continually give practical advice that can be used in private practice. I also felt adequately prepared for my board exams. I know that Hiwassee prepared me for the ‘real world’ of dental hygiene and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful profession.”