Following end of term exams, Columbus Technical College has announced that every student in the 2019 Class of Dental Hygiene have completed their graduation requirements for the associate degree in dental hygiene. The graduation ceremony will be on June 13.
“All fifteen members of the class successfully completed the stringent clinical testing requirements in order to pass their certification exam,” said CTC’s Cheryl Myers, Executive Director of Community and College Relations. “This was the first time in four years [that] every dental hygiene student passed ont hefirst attempt.”
The Central Regional Dental Testing Services requires students to recruit a patient with a “significant amount of calculus (a.k.a. tartar) on their teeth. Typically, the patient is an individual who hasn’t had their teeth professionally cleaned in several years.”
The test then requires the student an dupatient to go to Atlanta Technical College for a clinical exam, including a cleaning and oral assessments.
“The dental hygiene faculty at Columbus Tech is extremely proud of its students and their accomplishments,” said Clinical Coordinator Amber Brazile. “To achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the CRDTS exam on the first attempt requires a lot of hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this class.” The Program Director, Casey Morris applauds all of the faculty – full time and adjunct for their dedication to prepare this class successfully with the necessary skills to pass the ‘board exams.’
The next step is to wait on the results of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination licensure exam, which will decide if students are able to be accredited and apply for licensure in the state or elsewhere and become a “registered dental hygienist.” The licensure approvals occur during the summer meeting of the Georgia Dental Assoication, said CTC.