Silliman University to hold limited face-to-face classes in 3 departments

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- The Commission on Higher Education in Central Visayas (CHED-7) has allowed limited face-to-face classes in Silliman University’s (SU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Physical Therapy (PT) programs and the Medical School.

Director Maximo Aljibe of CHED-7 said that SU’s BS PT and Nursing programs and the SU Medical School passed all the compliance requirements in the CHED-Department of Health (DOH) Joint Memorandum Circular 2020-001 to reopen for limited face-to-face classes.

The authorization is valid for two semesters, effective April 21 for the Medical School and May 5 for the BS PT and Nursing programs.

 Silliman University's Physical Therapy program opens a free clinic. (Contributed photo)

However, for the Nursing program, only Related Learning Experience (RLE) or Skills Laboratory classes will be held in a face-to-face setting, while only laboratory classes and face-to-face internship were authorized for the PT program.

“The recent development aids the students in their practice-based learning and boosts their confidence in the holistic Christian education offered by Silliman University, even as we continue to strictly impose our health safety protocols amidst the pandemic,” said Dr. Betty Cernol McCann, SU president.

SU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Earl Jude Paul Cleope said the approval from CHED is a “big relief” for both the university and the students with their parents.

“In availing the whole-person education Silliman University offers, nothing can be compromised. It is our responsibility to fully equip our students so that when they ‘leave the halls of Silliman,’ they are ready,” added Cleope.

For now, SU awaits CHED’s approval of limited face-to-face classes for the BS Medical Technology program.

Representatives from CHED, DOH, and the Inter-Agency Task Force of Dumaguete City conducted the documentary analysis and ocular inspection on April 5 and April 15. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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