Wednesday, April 4, 2007

// News // 10,000 to retake June nursing test

Some 10,000 of the 17,000 passers of the controversy-ridden June 2006 nursing licensure exams have registered for a retake, based on data provided by the Philippine labor department.

Of this number, 9,450 have already registered for the special review classes arranged for the retakers by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in partnership with the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN).

Today is the deadline for registration for the special review classes. Online registration is available at www.specialnursingreview.dole.gov.ph.

Those filing for applications for the special voluntary re-take examination must submit the June 2006 Notice of Admission or NOA (if still available); photocopies of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card, if issued already; photocopy of Transcript of Records; and photocopy of Birth Certificate.

The examination fee for retakers of Tests III and V on June 11, 2007 has already been waived.

The special exam retake maybe be taken only once either in JUne or December. Although the DoLE announced that the results of the exam will not have any effect on the validity of the licenses previously issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), a candidate must score at least 75% in each of the two tests to be qualified to be issued a Visascreen certificate by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), a regulatory body in the US.

The test retake is a result of pressure exerted by CGFNS which ruled that it will not issue a Visascreen certificate, a necessary document for US immigration, to passers of the leak-marred June 2006 exam unless a retake is done.

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