THE UNIVERSITY posted an 89 per cent passing rate in the Nursing Licensure exams last December as 34 of 38 Thomasian examinees passed. The national passing rate was 49.1 per cent.

Only one Thomasian examinee from the fraud-marred June 2006 exams took the December exam.

Despite improving its passing rate from last June’s 83 per cent, UST failed to enter the top 3 performing schools in the 30-99 examinees category. No Thomasian also made it to the top 10.

College of Nursing Dean Glenda Vargas said she was “half-satisfied” with the results and emphasized the need for UST examinees to take up review classes in UST, instead of enrolling in review centers outside the campus.

“We could have done better,” Vargas told the Varsitarian. “Thomasians who come back to UST to review have bigger chances in passing the exams.”

Nursing has been doing well in the licensure exams in the past years, registering at least 90 per cent passing rate since the ‘60’s. That record was destroyed by the June exams in which UST posted a passing rate of 83 per cent amid charges that the test questions had been leaked.

Meanwhile, Rene Tadle, president of the Faculty Association of the College of Nursing, said that they were waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court on their petition last Nov. 2 to nullify the Court of Appeals decision allowing the June passers to take their oaths despite evidence of fraud and leak.

Sa tuwing Pasko


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