JESUIT-run Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU) is leading local nursing schools in the recent Nurse Licensure Examinations (NLE), which has nationwide passing rate of 41.40 percent.

Of the 14 examinees from XU, 12 passed the July 3-4, 2010 exams given in testing centers in Cagayan de Oro City, Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legaspi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, and Zamboanga City.

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XU has seven first-time takers who all passed the test; five of the seven repeaters also passed.

Data from the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) showed that Cagayan de Oro College had 25 takers who passed, out of 120 examinees, or a passing average of 21.57 percent; Lourdes College, 23.53 percent, with 12 passers out of 51 examinees; STI College-Cagayan de Oro Campus, 5.88 percent, with one passer out of 17 takers. The figures for other schools were not immediately available.

PRC in Northern Mindanao data, meanwhile, showed that Capitol University got 66.95 percent passing rate for first-time takers, with 306 passers out of 404; 71 repeaters took the exam but 58 failed, translating to a passing rate of 16.90 percent.

Liceo de Cagayan University had 41.4 percent passing rate, with 124 first-time takers passing the exam out of 299.

Didith Goles of PRC-Northern Mindanao said majority of XU's March 2010 graduates did not take NLE for July as they opted to prepare for the December exam.

XU is considered among the top five performing nursing schools in the Philippines with a passing average of 95 percent. It has steadily produced a number of topnotchers since 2006. (Nicole J. Managbanag/Paul John A. Vesagas)