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College's Dental Hygiene Graduating Class Earns Perfect Score on Licensing Exam

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College’s Dental Hygiene Class of 2013 scored a perfect 100 percent this summer. All 30 members of this year’s graduating class passed both the clinical ADELEX exam and the written national board examination, which qualify them to be registered and licensed as dental hygienists.

According to Department Chairperson Judy DiLorenzo, the school’s Dental Hygiene program usually has an outstanding pass rate for the licensing exams, but this was the first time in a few years that they had a perfect pass rate for the entire class. “We are typically in the 95 to 100 percent pass rate. We may have one or two students who miss the passing grade by a point or so and then they ultimately pass when they retake the exam a second time,” she said.

The college’s Dental Hygiene program recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and has graduated more than 170 hygienists over the past five years.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.