DESPITE a high 95.19-percent passing rate, UST’s ranking slipped in the recent licensure examinations for medical technologists.

With 277 passers out of 291 examinees, the University emerged as this year’s eighth top-performing school. Last year, UST ranked second after posting a 95.36-percent passing rate, with 267 out 280 Thomasian examinees making the cut.

Leading the new crop of Thomasian medical technologists is Kim Abbegail Aldecoa, who ranked second in the top 10 list of passers with a score of 91.30 percent. Jan Bendric Borbe (89.70%) ranked eighth.

UST dominated last year’s exams after five Thomasians made it to the top 10 list.

This year, Saint Louis University and Cagayan State University-Caritan were the top schools. UST trailed behind Velez College, Siliman University, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, San Pedro College-Davao City, Angeles University Foundation and Far Eastearn University-Nicanor Reyes Foundation.

The national passing rate improved to 83.80 percent, equivalent to 2,276 passers out of 2,716 examinees. Last year’s passing rate was 81.55 percent, with 1,521 out of 1,865 examinees passing the test. and management (from 215th to 267th) and natural sciences (from 285th to 318th).

Meanwhile, UST's passing rate plunged in the recent licensure examinations for guidance counselors, with just one Thomasian entering the top 10 list.

Five out of eight UST examinees passed, equivalent to a 62.50-percent passing rate. This was lower than last year's 91.67 percent or 11 passers out of 12 examinees.

Thomasian Danielle Marie Cruz, who got a score of 84.55 percent, placed third overall. There were four Thomasian topnotchers last year.

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This year’s national passing rate also went down to 41.12 percent or 169 passers out of 411 examinees, from last year’s 55.06 percent or 185 passers out of 336 examinees.

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