WCU Dental Hygiene Cohort Earns 95 Percent Pass Rate

West Coast University’s Dental Hygiene cohort has a big reason to smile.

The first graduating class of 2016 earned a 95 percent first-time pass rate on the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) and a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Western Regional Examination Board (WREB) clinical exam. Our students will now apply for licensure and take their last high stakes exam, the law and ethics examination, to complete their licensing process.

“We are incredibly proud of our dental hygiene students for their outstanding efforts not only in their bachelor’s program but in their licensure exams,” Dental Hygiene Dean Michelle Hurlbutt said.

Awards and Honors

Valedictorian – Casey Durazo

Summa Cum Laude – Casey Durazo and Godofredo Planta

Magna Cum Laude – Zachary Thompson

Cum Laude – Sanaz Ashrafian, Cole Buzon and Leah Powell

Golden Scaler Award – Alineh Zargarian

Sigma Phi Alpha Award – Casey Durazo and Leah Powell

Community Service Award – Lashé Britt

Dean’s Award – Casey Durazo

Total Care Research Award – Casey Durazo, Leah Powell, Christina Morales, Marine Piliposyan

Colgate S.T.A.R. Award – Winn Potts

Leadership Award – Godofredo Planta

Commitment to Ergonomics Award – Christina Morales

Endurance Award – Lashé Britt

The Dental Hygiene cohort celebrated achievements at their class pinning on April 15 in Orange County.

“I would like to thank my professors for teaching me to provide the best care possible to my patients. I will be a better clinician throughout my career because of all of you,” class valedictorian and Dean’s Award recipient Casey Durazo said to her fellow graduates. “I would like to thank the West Coast University staff for always being a friendly face when I needed it and assisting me with my journey through this school.”

Class president and magna cum laude graduate Zachary Thompson wanted “to thank my amazing faculty at West Coast University, who were all always quick to help, eager to see their student’s progress and grow into strong competent clinicians. My professors instilled in me the knowledge that they had attained throughout their many years of experience, for that I am extremely grateful.”

Cum laude graduate, class vice president and Dean’s Award recipient Sanaz Ashrafian shared that she’s “grateful for coming to West Coast University for my education because the professors were always there for me and gave me the support I needed to complete this program.”

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