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THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the second highest-ranked school in the June 2024 licensure examinations for physical therapists, in which it recorded a 95.45-percent passing rate.

Despite UST posting a near-perfect rating (21 passers out of 22 examinees), the figure was lower than the 97.44 percent it recorded in December 2023 (152 of 156).

Michael Nivera of Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation led the batch of new physical therapists after scoring 91.95 percent.

Nivera’s school secured the top spot among schools after recording a 96.55-percent passing rate. Twenty-eight out of its 29 examinees passed.

The national passing rate for the physical therapy board exams dipped to 63.63 percent (516 of 811) from 68.37 percent (1,288 of 1,884) in the previous cycle.

Occupational therapists 

Meanwhile, UST obtained a 68-percent passing rate in the separate licensure exams for occupational therapists, in which 17 out of 25 Thomasians passed.

This passing rate was a slight decline from 70.73 percent (58 of 62) in December 2023.

Chalie Niere of Davao Doctors College Inc. topped the examinations with an 82 percent score.

The University of the Philippines Manila emerged as the top-performing school after all of its five examinees made the cut.

The national passing rate went down to 35.96 percent (123 of 342) from 58.30 percent (323 of 554) in December.

The June 2024 licensure exams for physical and occupational therapists were held from June 3 to 6.


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