The Herald Bulletin

May 29, 2013

On their way to cleaning those pearly whites

All of Ivy Tech’s dental hygiene students pass national boards

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of Ivy Tech Community College’s dental hygiene students have successfully completed the Dental Hygiene National Boards, according to a press release issued by the college.

Students must pass the boards, and other regional and state licensing exams, to practice dental hygiene.  Anderson’s campus had 14 students in its 2013 graduating class.

“Our Class of 2013 has many things to be proud of, including their achievement of a 100 percent pass rate,” said Joyce Hudson, Ivy Tech’s dental hygiene program chair.

While completing their degrees, the students provide low-cost basic dental services to community residents, including teeth cleanings, X-rays and oral cancer screenings.  

They receive this hands-on training under the supervision of a licensed dentist and their instructors.

Vice Chancellor James Willey said Ivy Tech Community College works to provide not only a quality education, but community support as well.

Most services cost around $15 and students get to work with high-tech equipment like digital X-rays, a panoramic X-ray and sterilization equipment during their training.

“Once our students complete our program, we are proud to say that the majority of these skilled, educated and talented individuals stay in our communities and are employed at the finest dental facilities in the state,” Willey said.

Since the dental hygiene program began in Anderson in the fall of 2009, more than 40 students have graduated from it.

Ivy Tech’s only other dental hygiene facility is in South Bend.

Anderson’s $1 million clinic located at the 53rd Street campus began to service the community in February 2010.

Officials are now working on developing a radiology course to be approved by the Indiana State Department of Health for this fall.

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