The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is the government agency in charge of the accreditation of colleges and universities in the Philippines. It releases a yearly list of the top-performing schools in the country based on schools’ national passing rate at the licensing examinations administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
University of the Philippines Manila
Graduates of University of the Philippines (UP) Manila's health courses consistently show high passing rates in nearly all health licensing examinations, including the nursing board examination. UP graduates nearly always appear in the top 10 or 20 of each board examination.
The university’s bachelor of science in nursing is a four-year degree that is both competency-based and community-oriented to develop primary health care workers in any setting. The master of arts in nursing prepares qualified nurses for clinical specialization and leadership in their chosen field of focus.
The doctor of philosophy in nursing strengthens the intellectual and scholastic capability of graduate nurses to further enhance both the theoretical and science-based practice of the nursing profession. The university also offers a distance education program for a master of arts in nursing to prepare qualified nurses both in the Philippines and abroad for clinical specialization.
University of the Philippines Manila
Taft Avenue Manila 1000 Philippines +63-2-741-1950 cn.upm.edu.ph
Silliman University in Dumaguete City offers fully accredited health science courses through the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. It offers a two-year preparatory course known as the associate in health science education, which provides a certificate in health science education upon completion. It equips students with the appropriate competence to function as a primary health aide or as an institutional health aide. The bachelor of science in nursing is a four-year program adopting the common two-year program associate in health science education in its first two years. Students study subjects more focused on the practice of the nursing profession by their junior and senior years. The master of science in nursing is the university’s graduate nursing program aimed for the advancement of nurses through advanced theory and skills training.
Silliman University Aldecoa Road Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200 Philippines +63-35-422-6002 su.edu.ph
St. Paul University Dumaguete
The College of Nursing of St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) has an institutional accreditation from CHED and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). As one of the universities consistently on the CHED list of top-performing schools offering bachelor of science in nursing program, it keeps a high national passing rate in the national board examinations conducted by the PRC every year. This Catholic school located in the central part of the Philippines also offers a master of arts in nursing degree that focuses on the integration of graduate nurse performance, self-discipline and advanced skills needed by professional nurses.
St. Paul University Dumaguete North National Highway, Bantayan Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200 Philippines +63-35-225-1506 spud.edu.ph
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