152 Nursing Schools Told: Improve or Else

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152 Nursing Schools Told: Improve or Else


The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) warned Wednesday 152 of the 456 nursing schools in the country to improve their licensure examination passing rates or face closure as more than 95,000 nursing graduates prepare for the tests this weekend.“Shape up or be phased out,” said CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles.The low-performing nursing schools’ passing rates for the last five years have failed to meet the standards set by Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), Angeles said.“This is a wake-up call for our nursing schools to shape up or be phased out. CHEd will not hesitate to enforce the regulation if they still failed to heed our calls,” Angeles said.The CHEd was able to identify the poor performing nursing schools through a series of validation processes conducted on all nursing schools in the country recently.“With this move, we are helping not only the parents and students to carefully choose the nursing schools they go to, but we are also helping our economy my minimizing frustrations and wastage among our nursing graduates when they take the licensure tests and make sure that they only get quality education,” he added.CHEd said that it will issue an initial warning to the 152 schools to improve their nursing programs through their graduates’ performance in the succeeding nursing licensure exams.The schools in trouble performed below the National Passing Rate of 46.14 percent, CHEd said.He stressed that the CHEd has the legal authority to order the closure or phasing out of degree programs that failed to meet the standards in licensure tests.Last month, CHEd closed down six law schools that failed to meet standards.“For this school year, higher education institutions (HEI) whose performance in licensure examinations in the last three consecutive years is greater than 50 percent, but (those getting) lower than the national passing rate shall be given an initial warning to improve their performance,” the CHEd said through Resolution No. …

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