Students enrolled in UFV’s Dental Hygiene diploma program earned top marks in the National Dental Hygiene certification board examination, completed this past May. UFV dental hygiene students consistently scored above the national average compared to other students who wrote the same exam across Canada.
“We are very pleased with the results; we know our graduates are very capable and this is just one more indicator to confirm this,” noted Dental Hygiene diploma program coordinator, Stephanie Kelly.
The NDHCB examination is a requirement of all dental hygiene graduates in order to obtain professional licensure. Students must apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and attitudes related to dental hygiene practice.
“To see that our students scored so high in all categories and levels of the dental hygiene process of care shows how solid our graduates are as primary health care providers and their capabilities in providing excellent oral health care,” added Kelly.
The performance report comes from the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination Profile, compiled by the NDHCB and released to dental hygiene schools following each certification exam.
The Dental Hygiene program is back on track for the Fall of 2012 at the University of the Fraser Valley. After graduating four classes of graduates, the program took a breather, suspending applications for Fall 2011 while the university evaluated the labour market.
UFV will now offer an intake to the program every two years, starting in September 2012.