UST dominated the recent licensure examinations for Nursing, Pharmacy and Architecture, with several Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST was named second top-performing school in the May Nursing board exams after posting a 99.55 percent passing rate, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. A total of 446 Thomasians passed out of 448 examinees, higher than last year's 99.04 percent or 411 passers out of 415 examinees.

Topnotcher Ma. Margaret Sanchez bested 11,225 newly registered nurses with a score of 86 percent.

Twenty-two other Thomasians made it to the top 10, including Ariel Bitong Jr. (85.4 percent) at second place and Dominique Rosali Cesa (85.2) at third place.

Nursing Dean Susan Maravilla attributed the University’s performance in the licensure exam to the strict admission and retention policies of the college.

“It all starts with the quality of students that we have. We are very strict with the admission, selection and retention criteria. Second is the dedication and commitment [of the] faculty to provide quality education and to encourage the students to excel and do their best,” Maravilla told the Varsitarian.

West Visayas State University–La Paz, Cebu Normal University and Siliman University were named top-performing schools, after posting 100-percent passing rates.

The national passing rate went down to 38.46 percent—with only 11,225 passers out of 29,188 examinees—from last year’s 42.81 percent.

The University remained the third top-performing school in the June Pharmacy Licensure Examination, with four Thomasians landing in the Top 10, including first place.

UST got a passing rate of 81.71 percent, wherein 268 examinees passed out of 328. This was higher than last year’s 80.2 percent, wherein 293 passed out of the 365 examinees.

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Leading the new batch of Thomasian pharmacists is topnotcher Hannah Cathlyne Co with a score of 90.47 percent.

Thomasian Elmer Tagra II tied for second place with Mark Kua of University of the Philippines-Manila, with identical scores of 90.38 percent. Rovileen Barroquiña placed fourth with a score of 90.30 percent, while Kristine Lei Rivera tied with Kristine Anne Ponce of Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela at 10th place with identical scores of 89.67 percent. Last year, six Thomasians landed in the top 10.

Former Varsitarian sports editor Alexis U. Cerado was among those who passed the exam.

Saint Louis University of Baguio was again the top-performing school, after recording a 95.67-percent passing rate or 158 passers out of 165 examinees. University of San Carlos was the second top-performing school, with a passing rate of 85.71 percent or 60 passers out of 70 examinees.

The national passing rate went down to 54.88 percent, wherein 1,525 out of 2,779 examinees made the cut, compared with last year’s 58.96 percent.

The College of Architecture produced the highest number of newly licensed architects with 199 passers out of 243 examinees, and was named second top-performing school.

UST posted an 81.89-percent passing rate wherein 152 passed out of 206 examinees. This was higher than last year’s 73.79 percent.

Seventh placer Kenneth Guarino led the new batch of Thomasian architects with a score of 84.60 percent. He shared the spot with Karla May Gallardo of Saint Louis University. Another Thomasian Marie Ashley Mendoza placed eighth with a score of 84.40 percent.

The University of San Carlos was declared the top-performing school, with 45 passers out of 50 examinees.

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In an interview with the Varsitarian, Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez attributed the exam performance to the programs implemented by the college, like the rigid retention policy, outcome-based curriculum, mandatory summer classes and assessment exams.

The national passing rate went up to 61.01 percent, with 1,100 successful examinees out of 1,803. This was higher than last year’s 50.99 percent, wherein only 901 passed out of 1,767 examinees. A. F. Merez, B. K. A. Taray and J. P. Villanueva

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