Best and Worst Nursing Schools Bared

June 9, 2005

Rep. Joseph Santiago has released a list of the 20 best performing nursing schools in the country, with 80 to 99 percent of their graduates passing the annual licensure examinations from 1999 to 2003, and of the 20 worst performing schools, with only nine to 25 percent of their graduates making the grade over the same period.

 "We are making this list available to the public so that parents may be guided accordingly. They can avoid sending their children to deficient schools whose graduates have at best 25 percent chance of passing the nursing licensure tests," Santiago said.

He said the list was culled from the records of the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The list is limited to nursing schools with over 100 examinees.

Santiago had earlier prodded CHED to grade all schools nationwide based on the performance of their graduates in professional licensure and eligibility tests, and to put out the ratings in the newspapers for all to see.

THE BEST AND THE WORST

Based on the list released by 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-Dasmari?as 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.

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