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Douglas College Health Sciences students excel on national exams

Douglas College Health Sciences students are exceeding expectations on the national stage.

Three Health Information Management grads were among six students recognized nationally by the Canadian College of Health Information Management for achieving a final overall mark of 85 percent or higher on their national certification exam.

Brenda Malazarte, Vanessa Medland and Cynthia Ma are all recipients of the 2016 CCHIM Honours Award.

“I feel immense pride because having three of our students recognized out of six in the entire country is an incredible achievement,” said Health Information Management program coordinator and instructor Patricia Visosky. “Our standards are maintained at an exceptionally high level, and this serves to demonstrate that.”

Recipients of the annual award have their names published in the Canadian Health Information Management Association and receive a certificate honouring their achievement.

And it’s not just Health Information Management grads who are making their mark. Douglas College Nursing students have once again excelled with pass rates of averaging 98 per cent on their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), compared to the national average of 75 percent. The NCLEX is the nationwide examination of licensing for Registered Nurses in both Canada and the United States.

Douglas students have consistently performed well on the registered nurse licensing exams, and usually rate higher than the national average,” said Linda Pickthall, director of Nursing. “They stand out because they are committed and passionate about becoming a nurse and, upon graduation, they are professional and competent nurses.”





Pam Cawley


Dean, Health Sciences


604 777 6400