A THOMASIAN landed on the top 10 of the November 2008 nursing board exams, rising above the crop of UST examinees who were mostly repeaters.

Out of 19 Thomasian examinees, 10 of whom were repeaters, 12 passed, or an over-all performance rating of 63 percent, Nursing Dean Glenda Vargas said.

Leading the 12 Thomasian board passers is Joy Jennylyn Tan, who placed 10th with an 86.40-percent score.

Six first-time takers passed along with six repeaters. Former Varsitarian executive editor Andrew Isiah Bonifacio was among the successful examinees.

The bulk of UST nursing graduates take the June exam. Vargas said some of the “retakers” were students who had decided not to retake the 2006 nursing board exam that was marred by fraud.

“We have the main group (of examinees) taking the exam in June,” Vargas said. “We do not have control (over students who want to retake the exams).

Vargas said the November board exam is thus “not a reliable gauge” of the quality of education the college is offering since “we have more than 400 passers during June.”

Topping the November exam in the 100 and more examinees category is Xavier University with a 98.5 percent passing rate, as 336 of its 341 examinees passed.

In the 30 to 99 examinees bracket, Foundation University, St. Paul University-Iloilo, and University of St. Louis-Tuguegarao all tied in the first place with 100-percent passing rates. The national passing rate was 45 percent.

Jovie Ann Decoyna of Baguio Central University was the board topnotcher with an 89-percent score.

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