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Clark College News and Events

May 7, 2008
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing


The program extends its perfect National Board Dental Hygiene Examination record to 38 years

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Twenty-five second-year Clark College dental hygiene students have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) – extending the college’s perfect record to 38 years.  Referring to the NBDHE results, Donna Wittmayer, who serves as division chair in the dental hygiene department, put it simply: “We’re grinning from ear to ear.” 

Clark College 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." 

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 over 265 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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