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Two programs in Old Dominion University's College of Health Sciences continue to excel on national examinations.

On the recent National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses, the university's School of Nursing had the highest pass rate of all baccalaureate programs in Virginia.

Of the 69 Old Dominion students who took the exam for the first time, 66, or 96 percent, passed. Only one other baccalaureate program in the state had a pass rate above 90 percent.

In physical therapy, 55 of 56 students passed the Physical Therapy Licensing Examination on their first try. This 98 percent pass rate is above the national average by 6 percent.

According to Cheryl Samuels, dean of the College of Health Sciences, these successes are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and faculty members. "The college and the university have reason to be proud of the nursing and physical therapy students, graduates and faculty," she said. "Those comparisons with national and Virginia school pass rates speak clearly for the excellent education being received by our students."

This article was posted on: April 6, 2001

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