UST has again proved that it is the country’s top producer of professionals, following the recent Medical Technology, Physician, Nursing, and Guidance Counseling licensure examinations whose Top 10 lists were dominated by Thomasians.

The University was named second top-performing school in the Med-Tech exams after recording a 95.36-percent passing rate, with 267 passers out of 280 examinees. This was slightly higher than last year’s 94.32 percent wherein 249 of 264 examinees made the cut.

Leigh Di Avril Agdeppa led the new batch of Thomasian medical technologists as she ranked second with a 91-percent score.

Other Thomasians in the Top 10 were Kevin Santana (90.10 percent), Marissa Katrina Santos (89.90 percent), Albert Chua (89.80 percent), and Ana Eryka Elaine Peralta (89.70 percent), who took the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th places, respectively. Last year, only two Thomasians landed on the Top 10 list.

The national passing rate rose to 81.55 percent with 1,521 passers out of 1,865 examinees, from last year’s 75.88 percent, data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

UST remained as the second top-performing school in the physician licensure exams, with a passing rate of 98.71 percent (382 passers out of 387 examinees). This was lower than last year’s 99.73 percent wherein 371 out of 372 examinees passed.

Alexander Manguba, Jr. ranked second (89.08 percent), followed by Nellowe Candelario (89 percent) who placed third.

Patricia Amolenda and Mar Angelo Carrasco shared the eighth spot (87.67 percent), along with a student from the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.

University of the Philippines-Manila was named the top-performing school after posting a 99.35-percent passing rate (153 passers out of 154 examinees).

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Ma. Graciela Gonzaga, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery dean, said the faculty’s performance has been “exemplary” for the past six years, considering UST often has the highest number of examinees. “We [also have] a very good student selection to match the excellent performance of faculty members,” Gonzaga told the Varsitarian.

This year’s national passing rate improved to 78.8 percent (1,684 passers out of 2,137 examinees) from last year’s 75.32 percent.

Meanwhile, UST was third top-performing school after getting a 99.33-percent passing rate in the Nursing licensure exam, slightly lower than last year’s passing rate of 99.79 percent. UST had 448 passers out of 451 examinees this year.

Chinese General Hospital College of Nursing and Liberal Arts, Cebu Normal University, and University of the Philippines-Manila, had perfect passing rates and were named top-performing schools. West Visayas State University-La Paz ranked No. 2 with a score of 99.36 percent, data from the PRC showed.

Last year, UST was named as the second top-performing school (99.79-percent passing rate) with only one failing the test.

Leading the new batch of newly registered nurses is cum laude graduate Roxanne Trinity Lim, who topped the exam with a score of 86.20 percent.

Other Thomasians in the Top 10 were Ronessa Irene Maglinte (84.40 percent), Stephanie Marie Seno (84.20 percent), and Eunice Chan (84 percent), who landed on the seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively. Joseph Gabriel Abello, Nicoleo Christian Ardiente, Aeron Love Ramos, and Jailene Faye Rojas shared the 10th spot with a score of 83.80 percent.

Former Varsitarian Special Reports editor Charmaine Parado was among those who passed the exams.

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The national passing rate went down to 45.69 percent (27,823 passers out of 60,895 examinees) from last year’s 48.01 percent (37,513 passers out of 78,135 examinees).

In the guidance counselor exams, UST posted a 91.67-percent passing rate (11 passers out of 12 examinees), up from last year’s 80 percent (four passers out of five examinees).

Nerizza Valdellon led the new crop Thomasian guidance counselors after ranking third with a score of 85.30 percent, followed by Aileen Grace Ong, who scored 85.20 percent, at fourth place.

Other Thomasians in the Top 10 were Via Katrina Granada (84.25 percent) and Khristine Lorraine Lim (83.95 percent), who placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

This year’s national passing rate improved to 55.06 percent, equivalent to 185 passers out of 336 examinees, from last year’s 50.20 percent or 125 passers out of 249 examinees.  Daphne J. Magturo and Bernadette D. Nicolas

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