A record 67 nursing graduates made the Top 10 in the last nursing licensure examination.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said 16,219 of the 37,887 examinees passed the tests held from June 2 to 3. The 43 percent passing mark is higher than the 34.46 percent passing rate in the December 2012 examinations, when only 16,908 of the 49,066 examinees made it.
Beverly Anne Felicio Balagon of Velez College in Cebu City had the highest grade, 87 percent.
She was followed by Jamila Jane Uy Borlagdan of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Mylene Grace Dacula Gonzaga of the West Visayas State University-La Paz with 86.80 percent.
Ma. Stefanie Palencia Reyes and Aina Fe Roldan Salem of the University of the Philippines (UP)–Manila, and Lace Paulyn Tan Rosaroso of UST shared the third spot with 86.20 percent.
Sharing fourth spot were Shera Lee Bracero Aquino and Kathleen Uy Flores of UST with a score of 86 per cent.
In fifth place were Ivy Jean Combista Baya of Xavier University, Erin Camille Aguilar Caritativo, UP-Manila; Arianne Bonos Labayo, Bicol University-Legazpi; James Thomas Santa Cruz Salmon and Jerrica Mae Baliton Tan, of UST; and Joanna Mae Christine Pajo Silao of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. They all had scores of 85.80 percent.
Six examinees shared the top six spot with a score of 85.60, seven were on the seventh place with a score of 85.40, eight were in the eighth rank with a score of 85.20, 12 shared the ninth place with a score of 85 and 20 were in the 10th place with a score of 84.80.
The examinations were held in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.