CTC Dental Hygiene Students Set Record with 100% Pass Rate

The 2011 senior class of dental hygiene students at Columbus Technical College has made history. For the first time since this program has been offered, these particular students have earned a 100% pass rate on the first attempt of their national board exams! The brutal eight-hour exam is a one-time only test but anyone hoping to become a dental hygienist must pass the exam before being fully certified. The 12 students are also required to take and pass a clinical exam for the state in which they practice. The Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) exam is slated for June 3-5.

At a brief ceremony for the students Wednesday afternoon, Columbus Technical College president Bob Jones offered his congratulations and appreciation.

"I just wanted to thank the students for allowing us to serve them,” Jones said. “We put a lot of money, blood, sweat, and tears not only into this facility but into this program as well; you all make us all very proud."

May 18, 2011: Students from the 2011 CTC dental hygiene class pose with college president Bob Jones. Pictured are (back row, l to r): Kydric Smith, Lia Rusli, Helena Robinson, Brienna Riedy, Shelisse Ogletree, Jennifer Hammock, Brianna Stubblefield, Eric Pearson (front row, l to r) Heather Degen, Stacey Zimmerman, President Bob Jones, Janice Jones, and Dawen Dash.

Columbus Technical College will honor these and several hundred students at its spring graduation ceremony on June 27, 2011. The commencement exercises will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Columbus Trade Center. Senior Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen is scheduled to deliver the commencement address.