SMU held Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) Preliminary Visit

By Julie Ann P. Batoon, RN, MSN
Research Coordinator, School of Health Sciences

Last July 28- 30 2010, the PACUCOA accreditors conducted their preliminary survey at Saint Mary’s University for the accreditation of their Nursing, Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Accountancy programs.

The accreditors who visited the university were:

Dr. Conrado Inigo, Jr Chairman, Philosophy and Objectives, Organization and administration,
Faculty, Instruction and Laboratories (Accountancy)
Dr. Mario Garcia Faculty, Instruction and Laboratory (Criminology)
Ms. Wendy Acebedo Faculty, Instruction and Laboratory (Nursing)
Mr. Bernardino Malang Faculty, Instruction and Laboratory (Information Technology)
Dr. Wendel Aguirre Faculty, Instruction and Laboratory (Hotel and Restaurant Management)
Ms. Gloria Ruzgal Library
Engr. Rufo Aquino Physical Plant and Facilities
Dr. Christopher Manaois Student Personnel Services, Social Orientation and Community Involvement

The first day of visit was intended for the overall inspection of the resources used by the program to attain the students’ level of competency. Ms. Wendy Acebedo, in-charge of the Nursing Faculty, Instruction and Laboratory visited the different laboratory rooms used by the nursing students in acquiring the level of competency prior to hospital exposure and in attaining the required number of skills laboratory hours based on the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) 14, the Philippines’ current Nursing Curriculum. She was accompanied by the heads and faculty members of the School of Health Sciences under the tutelage of Mrs. Mildred Marilao, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Ms. Acebedo, Mrs. Marilao and some faculty members led the tour to the Nursing Laboratory 1. There, Ms. Acebedo observed how skills were taught to the students. She observed the class of Mr. Edmar Suguitan, an NCM 103 Clinical Instructor. Ms. Acebedo commended the teaching strategies of the instructor as he discussed the key concepts prior to the demonstration of the skills.

After the observation, they visited the Delivery Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Simulation Laboratory. Marilao explained their plans of improving and maintaining the laboratory rooms as the tour progressed. When they reached the Operating Room (OR), Post-Anesthesia and Intensive Care Units Simulation Rooms, Ms. Acebedo tested the equipment while letting the instructors use, describe and state the importance of those equipment in relation to student-learning. She also visited the chemistry, anatomy and physiology and biology laboratory rooms.

Ms. Acebedo applauded the community simulation laboratory of SMU School of Health Sciences. She said, “SMU- Nursing is unique because it is well- equipped with the simulation laboratories where the students can practice their clinical and community skills prior to the actual exposure in the real nursing settings”.

Ms. Acebedo, Mrs. Marilao, Mrs. Juan and Mr. Salinas went to Veteran’s Regional Hospital, SMU’s base hospital and observed the students’ activities and equipment in the hospital. The accreditor commended the hands-on experience of the students in the area.

The accreditor, together with the heads also conducted classroom observations. They observed the Bioethics class of Mr. Jefferson Galiguis and Mr. Philip Jerome Flores. The teaching strategy implemented by both clinical instructors was participative-classroom discussion which struck the accreditor and the heads of the department.

The second day served as the consultative meeting of the accreditors with the students and faculty members and the non-teaching personnel of the school being accredited.
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