HECOIN students score high in City and Guilds of London exam
THE Health, Education and Counselling Institute (HECOIN) says 62 of its students did exceptionally well in the recently concluded City and Guilds (C&G) of London international diploma in phlebotomy technician final external examination.
"Prior to sitting this examination, these students all completed practicum experience at medical laboratory facilities islandwide and scored 100 per cent competency levels in all clinical areas assessed," HECOIN said in a news release.
The institute's vice-president of administration, finance and international marketing, Colin Jarrett, pointed out that HECOIN has always had a 100 per cent track record in the C&G final external examinations.
He said that HECOIN is one of three institutions in the world accredited to use the curriculum for C&G of London in Health Care Assistant (HCA), LPN for Commonwealth Countries and Phlebotomy Technician.
According to HECOIN, it is the first institution in the world to have scored 100 per cent passes in C&G's Phlebotomy examination two times in a row. Jarrett revealed that of the 62 students who sat the examination last month, all scored 80s/90s, representing the highest percentage grades in the history of the 20-year-old institution.
He further said that of the total number, 25 students scored distinctions with one of the institute's eight campuses receiving seven distinctions and one merit.
Although the minimum matriculation is two CSEC passes, including English Language, Jarrett was quick to point out that HECOIN has several students with the mere requirement compared with others who have first and second degrees.
He said that it took intense work from tutors and students alike to get all students receiving merits and distinctions. He commended the president and CEO Dr Clover Jarrett for "steering the boat well" and the role she played with her 'President's Consultation' at each campus a few weeks before the examination, in a bid to further prepare the students for the final examination.
HEICON's eight campuses are located in Kingston, Portmore, Old Harbour, Spanish Town, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Montego Bay, and Mandeville.