UST RANKED as the third top-performing school in the Medical Technologist licensure examination, and garnered a 100-percent passing rate in the Mechanical Engineering board last month.

However, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) did not recognize UST as the top performing school for the Mechanical Engineering test due to the low number of Thomasian examinees.

The University’s passing rate in the Medical Technology board rose to 83 percent from last year’s 65 percent as 38 of the 46 Thomasian examinees passed. Thirty-three were first-time takers.

Faculty of Pharmacy’s Zane Kevin Gervacio, magna cum laude of batch 2009, led the 514 passers, yielding an 88.3-percent passing rate. The national passing rate was 58.88 percent, higher than last year’s 42.84 percent.

UST was the top-performing school with 89-percent passing rate in the September 2009 Medical Technologist test with five Thomasians in the Top 10, including topnotcher Alvin Rey Flores.

This time, UST trailed behind Saint Louis University-Baguio and Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, which ranked first and second in the top performing school list with 100 percent and 97 percent passing rates, respectively.

Meanwhile, UST had seven successful examinees in the Mechanical Engineering exam. PRC, however, did not include UST among the top performing schools since it only gave the credit to schools with 10 or more examinees that had high passing rates.

Rogelio Almira, Jr., mechanical engineering department chair, said UST was supposed to have 12 examinees.

“But [five of them] were unable to submit requirements like transcript of records and diploma on time due to sudden change in test schedule,” said Almira, “I think, if only the 12 supposed examinees were all able to take the exam, 90 or 100 percent of them would still have passed.”

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The test was moved to March from April.

The national passing rate jumped to 53 percent from last year’s 49.57 percent as 601 of 1,134 takers passed.

UST ranked second in the April 2009 licensure examination after obtaining 83 percent passing rate as 15 of the 18 takers passed. Charmaine M. Parado

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