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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will be phasing out the nursing (BSN) program of schools whose graduates continue to perform poorly in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination come 2013.

In a memorandum order (CMO 14 Series of 2009) published at the Professional Regulation Commission - Board of Nursing (PRC- BoN) website, the Commission pointed out that the average national passing percentage in the Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination from 2004 to 2008 is 45.91%. Two thirds (2/3) of 45.91% or thirty percent (30%) will serve as the basis for the implementation of gradual phase-out.

In the initial implementation for the gradual phase out of under-performing nursing programs, nursing schools with a passing rate average of below 30% for a three-year period (SY 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013) in the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination will be phased out beginning 2013 subject to the following guidelines:

  • The official results of the Nurse Licensure Examination from the Board of Nursing of the Professional Regulation Commission shall be the basis in phasing-out of nursing programs.
  • The performance of the school shall be based upon the average rating obtained within the schoolyear, namely ratings in the June and December examinations. If the school has only one examination undertaken in a year, this shall be considered the annual rating.
  • The average passing rate obtained by HEIs for the past three (3) years shall be the basis of phasing-out of the program.
  • The computation of the 30% shall only involve the ratings of the examinees who took the Nurse Licensure Examination for the first time.
The full text of CHED MEMORANDUM ORDER (CMO) No. 14 Series of 2009 is available below.
CHED MEMORANDUM ORDER (CMO) No. 14 Series of 2009 -

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