AFTER five years of nearly perfect passing rates, the University finally achieved a 100-percent mark in the recent nursing licensure examinations.

A total of 402 Thomasian examinees passed the exam with 24 graduates making it to the top 10. Topnotcher Alyssa May Madriaga led the new batch of Thomasian nurses with a score of 86.40 percent.

“We made it through the challenging four years to earn our [Nursing] degree and the tough licensure examination to earn our license. [UST] is simply a wonderful ground for building and molding competent, compassionate, and committed individuals,” Madriaga said in an interview, adding that she did not expect to land the top spot.

“All I ever prayed for during the waiting period [was] to just pass and claim that license to save lives,” Madriaga said.

Other Thomasians who made it to the top 10 were Ma. Marceline Rose Cabug and Bella Teresa Rosales (85.60) at fourth place; Jude Brian Burgos, Kristle Anne Santos and Kim Sia (85.40) at fifth place; Heather Diokno Beredo (85.20) at sixth place; Juaymah Leynes, Pamela Agatha Puno and Ryan Jasper Rodriguez (85.00) at seventh place; Khristell Donn Cortez, Zarah Del Libozada, Venz Eryl Sabaldica and Ivan Gabriel Simpauco (84.80) at eighth place; Kristal Dimalanta, Bien Dominic Oamil and Kimberly Querubin (84.60) at ninth place; and Lea Marjorie Corpuz, Ma. Janna Corpuz, Mikaela Denise Cruz, Justin Cedrick Pacquing, Daezen Mae Sera Timog, Mylene Vista and Jana Alyza Zabala (84.40) at the tenth spot.

Nursing Dean Susan Maravilla said she is proud of the college’s achievement and vowed to maintain the status of excellence in educating future nurses.

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“We are very proud of the performance of our batch 2015 but at the same time, [we are] quite anxious because the pressure is great for us to really keep up with the expectations of people and to maintain this excellence in Nursing education,” Maravilla told the Varsitarian.

UST was also hailed as the top performing school after achieving a perfect score along with Mariano Marcos State University-Batac and Xavier University.

Last year, UST posted a 99.55-percent passing rate, with 23 Thomasians making it to the top 10.

The national passing rate improved to 49.26-percent with 9,114 examinees passing the test out of 18,500 takers. This is higher than last year’s 38.46 percent.

Top program

From 2009 to 2013 Nursing was UST’s top-performing program based on licensure exam results, producing the most topnotchers at 78.

For the past five years, UST has been consistent in posting almost perfect passing rates—99.55-percent in 2014, 99.04-percent in 2013, 99.33-percent in 2012, 99.79 percent in 2011 and 99.34 percent in 2010.

In a previous interview with the Varsitarian, Maravilla attributed the success of the college to its faculty and the college’s “high standards.”

“We continue to build partnerships with more hospitals for affiliation. We continue to maintain high standards by maintaining the cut-off scores of our students in first year and second year,” Maravilla said.

The UST College of Nursing, founded in 1946, is designated as a Center of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education. It has also acquired Level IV or the highest accreditation status from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation.

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