Ivy Tech Dental Hygiene Students Successfully Pass Boards

Ivy Tech Community College East Central region’s Dental Hygiene students complete national boards with 100% pass rate

Anderson, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College East Central region’s Dental Hygiene students have successfully completed their Dental Hygiene National Boards with a 100% pass rate. A total of 14 students will graduate in May 2014. This is the fourth consecutive year the Dental Hygiene program has seen 100% of their students successfully complete the exam. Ivy Tech Community College’s campus in Anderson first opened its $1 million clinic in August 2009. After four years of operation, the department has seen more than 58 students graduate.

The National Boards, along with other regional and state licensing exams, are required to practice dental hygiene and employment. Ivy Tech Community College’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Once the student has completed the required program coursework, they earn an Associate of Science degree.

“Our class of 2014 has many things to be proud of, including their achievement of a 100% pass rate,” says Joyce Hudson, dental hygiene program chair. “The students are now well on their way to reaching their goals in dental hygiene and our staff and faculty are elated to be part of their journey.”

The exam consists of two sessions. First, a 200 question multiple-choice test covering three major areas: Scientific Basis for Dental Hygiene Practice, Provision of Clinical Dental Hygiene Services and Community Health/Research Principles. The second is a 150 question case-based portion where students are faced with real-life scenarios and asked to assess the patient along with providing a diagnosis. 

The Dental Hygiene program not only benefits the student, but also the community. In a unique learning setup, patients are residents of Madison County and neighboring communities who receive low-cost basic dental services. Students receive hands-on training while under the supervision of a licensed dentist and licensed dental hygienists. Services include teeth cleaning, x-rays and oral cancer screenings. The clinic houses ten treatment areas, two radiology rooms with digital radiography, a sterilization center and a reception and waiting area.

“Ivy Tech Community College prides itself on high quality education and community support,” says James Willey, campus president of the Anderson campus. “Once our students complete our program, we are proud to say that the majority of these skilled, educated and talented individuals stay in our communities and are employed at the finest dental facilities in the state.”

Ivy Tech Community College’s Dental Hygiene program also offers a local anesthesia continuing education course for dental hygienists, and a coronal polishing and fluoride continuing education course for dental assistants.


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