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Clark College News and Events

May 17, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr
Telephone: 360-992-2921


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Twenty-three second-year Clark College dental hygiene students have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) – continuing the college’s perfect record. 

Clark College Interim President Robert K. Knight noted, "Beginning with the first dental hygiene graduating class in 1970, every student from Clark College has successfully passed the NBDHE on the first attempt.  Clark College is the only long-standing program in the United States that can attest to this 100% pass rate for the NBDHE.   That's an amazing accomplishment -- one that brings pride to our dental hygiene program, our college and our community."

Earlier this year, the students also passed the Western Regional Anesthesia Board Examination – the first of four (three regional, one national) examinations required to be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington.   The exam took place during the first weekend of March.

The students’ final examination, the Western Regional Dental Hygiene Examination Board, which involves patient treatment, will take place in June.

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations sends a report yearly stating the standing of the Clark College graduates.  Over the past 10 years, Clark College students’ standing has ranked from 3rd place to 49th place in the nation among all dental hygiene programs.  There are currently 264 dental hygiene programs nationwide.  

All Clark College dental hygiene students have also passed the Western Regional Examination Boards (WREB), the series of three regional examinations required to become a licensed dental hygienist in the state of Washington. The three examinations address local anesthesia (including a written and practical portion for the administration of local anesthesia, restorative (a practical exam for placing restorations/fillings) and dental hygiene (also a practical exam for the evaluation and cleaning of a patient’s teeth). 

The NBDHE is administered by The Joint Commission on National Dental Examination of the American Dental Association.  The examination is taken by all dental hygiene students from the 264 programs throughout the United States.  It is an all-day written, comprehensive (350-question) examination based on the entire curriculum taught in dental hygiene programs. Completion and passing of the NBDHE is required for licensure by each state.


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