Currently, SWC dental hygiene graduates are highly successful in passing the National Board Dental Hygiene examination as well as clinical board exams. Results of the past few years are included in the PDF link.
5-YR Board Exam Pass Rates
NATIONAL BOARD DENTAL HYGIENE EXAMINATION (NBDHE)
In the final semester of the two-year program, all students are required to apply and take the national board exam. Passing this exam is required to apply for a state license to practice. The link below will take you the the testing website for more information.
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
CLINICAL BOARD EXAMINATION / LICENSING
After graduation and passing the National Board exam, graduates may apply for either the the Western Regional Clinical examination or another regional board exam, or the California State Board exam. The following links will provide more information on testing and licensing.
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
Western Regional Examination Board
Central Regional Dental Testing Services
NOTICE: Graduates applying for the California State Board
Examination and a California license to practice dental hygiene are
required to report any criminal offenses/convictions at the time of
application. Eligibility to take the state board examination is
determine by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC).
Licensing may delayed as result of the decision by DHCC.