MEDICAL Technology (Med Tech) magna cum laude graduate Lorayne Ann Lim Chua topped the Med Tech licensure examinations last Sept. 2 and 3.

Chua registered an 87.30 per cent average. The last time a Thomasian topped the Med Tech exams was in 2004 when Mark Christian Pabustan averaged 89 per cent.

“I was so afraid of failing so I prayed about the exams,” Chua told the Varsitarian. “I just saw myself passing the exam but when I got the results, I was really shocked that I topped it.”

Other Thomasians who also made it to the Top 10 were Marie Girlie Ching Chan (86.80 per cent), Margaret Joan Pedrozo Martinez (84.90 per cent) and Maria Cyd Bonifacio (84.40 per cent), who placed third, seventh and eighth, respectively.

But the University’s passing rate declined from 83 per cent last year to 78 per cent this year, as only 177 of the 227 Thomasians who took the exams passed.

To deal with the decrease in UST’s passing rate, Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Priscilla Torres said the faculty will beef up its review programs on subjects where exam takers scored low.

“We will improve and intensify our in-house review programs for the next batch of examinees,” Torres said.

The national passing rate also dropped from 54 per cent last year to 47 per cent this year, as only 822 out of 1,749 who took the exams passed.

Meanwhile, Charles William Leopardo Lavadia from the College of Science placed ninth with an 87.75 per cent average in the Chemist licensure exams last Sept. 7 and 8.

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Compared to last year’s 75 per cent passing rate, the University’s passing rate dropped to 47 per cent this year as only 21 out of 45 Thomasians passed.

However, in the national passing rate increased from 46 per cent last year to 49 per cent this year, as 245 out of the 503 examinees passed. Adrian T. Elumba

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