A Tradition of Excellence

For the past ten years, the Silliman University College of Nursing (SUCN) has been striving to revive its tradition of having a 100%
passing rate in the Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE). Its efforts bore fruit last May when all fifty-three Sillimanian board takers passed the exams.

This resulted in the ranking of Silliman University as one of the country’s top Nursing schools this year.

Out of the hundreds of Nursing schools in the country, SU tied with two other schools as top performing Nursing schools. This is a great achievement since the national passing rate was only 38.5% It has been a tradition, according to SUCN Officer-in-charge Asst. Prof. Tita Dumalag, to achieve a perfect score in the NLE since the establishment of the college in 1947. SUCN was named by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and it was also given the Level III accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).

It has produced 108 topnotchers since 1951 with Marian Vanslembrouck as the latest, who placed third in last year’s NLE.

SUCN was also ranked third among top performing schools, based on statistics from the CHED and the Professional Regulation Commission, with a passing rate of 98.39% from 2000-2004. In 2009, its 96.57% passing rate was the highest scored by a nursing school in the country.

The last time it scored 100% was back in 2004. But before that, from 1991-1999, or during an eight-year period, as well as in 2001, all of SUCN’s graduates passed the NLE.

the Weekly Sillimanian would like to commend the SUCN community headed by OIC Dumalag for successfully reviving its tradition of scoring 100% passing rate in the NLE and in the process being recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the Philippines this year.

Many factors contributed to the success of the SUCN but it would never have been possible without the students who did their best to prepare for the NLE during the past 4-5 years. Our commendation also extends to the faculty and staff who molded the minds of the students and to the university itself for providing “opportunities for growth and excellence in every dimension of the University life in order to strengthen character, competence and faith.”

We rejoice with the new nurses and their loved ones because all their hard work and prayers have just been rewarded.

With God’s help, Silliman will continue to reap honors in the NLE in the coming years as the SUCN seeks to maintain its tradition of excellence.

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