Dental hygiene students pass clinical board exams

By The Mercury

Since the MATC Dental Hygiene Program began in 2010, it has celebrated a 100 percent first-time pass rate on both the clinical and written national board exams for all graduating classes thus far. 

The class of 2014 has added to this impressive accomplishment with each student passing the CRDTS (Central Regional Dental Testing Service) clinical board exam on the first attempt. 

The students have recently completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) written national boards as well, and are awaiting their results. 

On May 21 and 22, the twelve graduates from the class of 2014 took the CRDTS exam at Johnson County Community College.

The board exam is comprehensive exam where students were graded on patient selection, patient assessment, professionalism, infection control, patient management and their ability to remove hard and soft deposits.  To pass the exam, students must receive a grade of 75 percent or higher.

Combined, the class of 2014 received an average grade of 96.75 percent. Six of the 12 students received at 100 percent on the exam.

The MATC Dental Hygiene faculty and staff are extremely proud of this class for all the hard work they put forward these past two years.

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