Dental Hygiene Program Reaches Twelve Consecutive Years of Complete Student Success

May 30th, 2018 by Erin Russell

Dental Hygiene Class of 2018

From left: Patricia Behan, Becky Curtis, Cody Cavenaugh, Hannah Johnston, CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, Portia Pridgen, Kayla Kleiner, Kate Sellers

The CFCC dental hygiene program recently received results from the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). The results showed a 100 percent pass rate from CFCC dental hygiene students, marking 12 consecutive years in which all CFCC dental hygiene graduates passed the examination.

The CFCC Dental Hygiene program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, prepares students for careers as registered dental hygienists. To obtain their licensure, graduates are required to complete a three-step examination process — the first of which is the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. The exam assesses the graduate’s ability to understand and apply basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences.

“I could not be more proud of these students. They have the heart and compassion for their profession and their patients that can only lead to success,” said CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, EdD., RDH.

Naylor highlighted that in three and half semesters, the students provided approximately $186,000 in dental hygiene services to the local community through the on-campus clinic. “The students were ALSO able to collaborate and treat patients at the Pender Dental Clinic, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Bolivia, and the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic held at CFCC.”

In addition to those achievements, the students accrued hundreds of community-service learning hours helping to screen and provide oral hygiene instruction to children at the Boys & Girls Club and provide oral hygiene education to elementary students in New Hanover County. Naylor continued, “These students have already made such an impact on our college and community; I cannot wait to see what they will continue to do for our profession and our community as licensed dental hygienists.”