FLORENCE, S.C. (October 21, 2021) - Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Allied Health Programs have featured a 96.25% pass rate average on board exams in 2021, despite battling COVID-19 restrictions.
In higher education, everyday function drastically changed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but FDTC’s Allied Health students did not miss a beat in the classroom or on their board exams. In 2021, the Allied Health Program has seen 80 first-time test takers, and 77 of the students passed their board exams. The impressive performance featured a 96.25% average pass rate. The programs that report test scores to the state saw a 9.3% pass increase from 2020.
“The Class of 2021 was the cohort that had the most class and lab times affected by the pandemic,” said FDTC Allied Health Department Chair, Dr. Dawn Nelson. “During that time period, all of our programs scored significantly higher than our discipline peer groups.”
Respiratory Care has now scored 100% for two consecutive years. Surgical Technology also scored 100% on their board exams. Those two program’s statistics are reported to the state; however, programs that are not reported performed well, also. Health Information Management and Dental Assisting scored 100%, too.
“With all the disruptions and challenges we have experienced due to COVID-19, maintaining notable nursing and allied health board scores is nothing short of amazing,” said FDTC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marc David. “My hat goes off to all the nursing and allied health faculty, staff, and administrators for a job well done!”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, FDTC’s Allied Health students have earned a vast array of experience while working with local healthcare professionals during clinicals. The expanded knowledge will greatly benefit the graduates as they embark on their journey of becoming a healthcare professional.
For more information on Allied Health programs at Florence-Darlington Technical College, please email Dawn.Nelson@fdtc.edu or call 843-661-8364.