Friday, November 23, 2007

Top Performing Nursing Schools in the Philippines (Based on Board Exam Performance from 1999-2003)

The past decades have seen an exponential growth in nursing schools in the Philippines. The question really is in the competency of its graduates, for a number of these schools that have mushroomed are much more focused on reaping profits, rather than forming skilled nurses. The most reliable basis for a nursing school’s performance would most probably be in the percentage of graduates who passed the board exam.

Below is the list of the best and worst nursing schools in the Philippines, revealed by Rep. Joseph Santiago based on their performance on the Board Exam for Nurses from 1999 to 2003. This information was released by the Manila Bulletin last May 2005.

Based on the list released by Rep. Joseph Santiago, the 20 best-performing nursing schools and the percent of their graduates passing the licensure tests were: The University of the Philippines-Manila, 99 percent; St. Paul College Iloilo and Silliman University, 98 percent; University of Santo Tomas, 97 percent; West Visayas State University, 96 percent; St. Louis University-Baguio and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, 95 percent; Southern Luzon Polytechnic College, 91 percent; Trinity College of QC and Cebu Doctors College, 89 percent; Mountain View College, 88 percent; Remedios Romualdez Memorial School-Manila and UE-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, 87 percent; St. Paul University-Tuguegarao, 84 percent; Velez College-Cebu, San Pedro College-Davao and Cebu State College, 82 percent; De La Salle University-Dasmariń”³¼/B> and University of La Salette-Santiago, 81 percent; and Romualdez Medical Foundation, 80 percent.

Listed as the 20 worst performing schools were Mapandi Memorial College, nine percent; M.V. Gallego Foundation Colleges, 15 percent; Galang Medical Center, 17 percent; Unciano Colleges, 18 percent; Good Samaritan Colleges, 19 percent; Lipa City Colleges, Immaculate Conception College-Albay, Mabini Colleges and St. Gabriel College-Kalibo, 20 percent; Notre Dame Jolo College and Philippine College of Health and Sciences, 21 percent; Golden Gate Colleges, Northern Christian College and Tecarro College Foundation, 22 percent; Dr. P. Ocampo Colleges, De Ocampo Colleges and World Citi Colleges-QC, 23 percent; San Pablo Colleges and Medina College, 24 percent.

Santiago said a total of 55,744 nursing school graduates took licensure tests from 1999-2003. Only 27,345 of them, or 49 percent, passed the tests.

Santiago has also bared a new list of some of the country's highest and lowest rated nursing schools, this time focusing on medium-sized institutions.
The new list enumerated the 20 highest rated medium-sized nursing schools, with 61 to 98 percent of their graduates passing the annual licensure examinations from 1999 to 2003, as well as 20 lowest rated schools, with zero to just 31 percent of their graduates making the grade over the same period under review.
The fresh list, based on records of the PRC and the CHED, covers nursing schools with less than 100 examinees. The previous list covered nursing schools with over 100 examinees.

The 20 highest rated medium-sized nursing schools and the percent of their graduates passing the licensure tests are: Mindanao State University-Marawi City, 98 percent; Mary Johnston College-NCR, 96 percent; St. Paul College-Dumaguete City and Philippine Christian University-Manila, 95 percent; Xavier University Cagayan de Oro City, 94 percent; St. Dominic Savio College-Central Luzon, 93 percent; University of the Philippines-Leyte, 92 percent; St. Mary?s University-Bayombong, 89 percent; St. Dominic Savio College-Manila and Dr. Gloria Lacson Colleges-Central Luzon, 88 percent; Sacred Heart College-Lucena City City, 83 percent; St. Mary?s College-Tagum, 74 percent; University of St. La Salle-Western Visayas, 71 percent; Philippine Women?s University-Manila, 69 percent; Concordia College-Manila, 68 percent; Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital College of Medical Arts-Soccksargen, 67 percent; Holy Trinity College-Puerto Princesa City, 64 percent; Baliuag Colleges, 63 percent; Philippine Women?s University-Quezon City, 62 percent; and Surigao Education Center, 61 percent.
The 20 lowest rated medium-sized nursing schools are: Isabelo Calingasan Memorial Institute Southern Tagalog, 0 percent; Perpetual Help Paramedical School-Bicol, five percent; Lyceum of Northern Luzon-Ilocos, seven percent; Jamiatu Marawi Al-Islamia Foundation-Soccsksargen, eight percent; Immaculate Conception College-Manila, nine percent; Urdaneta College of Technology and Perpetual Help College-Pangasinan, 17 percent; Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation-Bicol, 19 percent; Pamantasan ng Araullo-Central Luzon, 20 percent; Medina College-Pagadian City, 21 percent; Carthel Science Educational Foundation-Central Luzon, 24 percent; St. Luke?s College Foundation-Central Luzon, 25 percent; Pangasinan College of Science and Technology, 26 percent; Southern Bicol Colleges, 27 percent; University of Batangas, 28 percent; Laguna Northwestern College, 29 percent; Bacarra Medical Center-Ilocos and Abra Valley College, 30 percent; and J.P. Sioson Colleges-NCR and St. Paul College Foundation-Cebu, 31 percent.


Jonats said...

i think these nurses' competency will be filtered anyway when they take stringent tests to work abroad. it still is the survival of the fittest regardless of ur alma mater.

I doubt though if the PRC has the same standards as test leakages have become so ordinary these days. So the ones left here (a fraction of which do because they probably flunked the NCLEX) are the "latak" working for the local health industry. so yeah, something still needs to get fixed.

Phoenix said...

@ jonats: I agree with you that regardless of the school it would inevitably depent on the individual's abilities and skills..

Nevertheless, choosing a good school plays a huge part in forming those competencies. Medyo marami na ring mga "diploma mills" ngayon, lalo na para sa health care courses

... said...

I haven't seen st. scho on the list, was it included?

Anonymous said...

bakit wala ang PCU-MJCN? Philippine Christian University Mary Jhonston College of Nursing??? 100% PASSING RATE SILA i promise! isearch nyo dali! PCU pinantayan ang UP!!! 100% sa nursing board exams! search nyo! valid yan! may malaking tarpaulin pa sila sa bagong renovated facade ng PCU..galing!

Anonymous said...

FYI.. St. scho doesn't have a nursing course.. But if it has, I believe, they will be included in the best list..

Phoenix said...

@ anonymous: The scope of the article covered 1999-2003 performers. St Scho tacloban had its first set of passers in 2004- 28 out of 29 with a 97%

The following year 2005 73.3% and 91% (june & december- these were from what's posted online)

2006 68% and 77%

2007 1st takers 78 examinees, 64 passers- 82%; Repeat 30 examinees, 17 passers- 57%. With a collective 75% passing rate

2008 1st takers 90 examinees, 67 passers- 72%; repeat 22 examinees with 7 passers. The collective percentage (112 takers and 74 passed) is 66%

So far this is the data available- though we have no knowledge how it compares to other nursing schools in terms of board examination.

Perhaps a new article will be released soon for 2004 onwards and we'll see how it goes...

Brian said...

Hey guys, just wondering if there are any good nursing schools in manila who are willing to accept students from the States? I have a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science, but I'm 24 years old. I called a few schools who said I'm to old, my degree is not the same...blah, blah, blah...can anyone shed some light for me? Thanks

Phoenix said...

@ Brian: I'm not from Manila but I am quite sure there are a lot of reputable schools in Manila who offer BS Nursing. Really? I find it strange they would consider age a factor when even some doctors here (some in their late 20's or early 30's) study Nursing...

Try searching the internet- big schools usually have websites. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...


reply to:
"bakit wala ang PCU-MJCN? Philippine Christian University Mary Jhonston College of Nursing??? 100% PASSING RATE SILA"

yup! they got 100% almost all the time, ang pag-post ng board results depende sa dami ng examinees. example: UST, PLM, UP have more than 1000 takers then ung percentage nila ang pagbabasehan for their group. sa PCU-MJCN has less than 100 takers so ung percentage nila against to other schools with less than 100 takers. the fact is, MJCN one of the oldest nursing school in the country (1906), they are proven to be very good and competitive school having 100% passing rate every year.

cagayan de oro schools said...

I think its not about the school. well maybe in some factors but its really up to the students. because there are students who have high grades even though they don't come from the top schools in the country. that's my opinion.


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