All 24 students from the dental hygiene program graduating class of 2013 at Pennsylvania College of Technology passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
The written exam assists state boards in determining the qualifications of those who seek licensure to practice dental hygiene. It evaluates candidates' ability to understand important information from basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences, and their ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.
The pass rate for Penn College graduates taking the test for the first time is 100 percent for the past six years. The nationwide failure rate during the same period ranged from 3.8 to 5.2 percent.
Penn College Dental Hygiene Program Director Shawn A. Kiser attributes the student success largely to the program faculty, who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to the students and preparing them for success in the real world.
The National Board Dental Hygiene Examination is one of two exams students must pass in order to become licensed. They also must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program. Penn College accepts 36 students into the dental hygiene program each year, offering both bachelor's and associate degree majors.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 38 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.