43 Ranked Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2018

Read on to see which schools made the list of the best performing nursing schools in the Philippines for 2018.


The ranking of the best nursing schools in the Philippines for 2018 has been released, which currently featured only 43 out of 539 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in nursing.

University of Santo Tomas is still ranked first in the country for undergraduate program in nursing with 98.50% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is one of the six institutions in the country accredited as Center of Excellence (COE) in nursing by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). (READ: 49 Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2017)

Saint Louis University made the 2nd rank on the list for 2018, ahead of West Visayas State University-La Paz at 3rd rank, University of the Philippines-Manila at 4th rank, and Bicol University-Legazpi at 5th. Saint Louis University, and University of the Philippines-Manila are presently CHED’s Centers of Excellence (COEs) in nursing. Meanwhile, Bicol University-Legazpi is one of CHEd’s Centers of Development in nursing.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the Angeles University Foundation, and Silliman University in Dumaguete City both at 6th, Cebu Normal University at 8th, Mariano Marcos State University-Batac at 9th, and Xavier University at 10th. Angeles University Foundation is presently accredited as Center of Development in nursing by CHED while Silliman University, and Cebu Normal University are CHED’s Center of Excellence in nursing.

The list is based on the results of this year’s biannual nurse licensure examinations in June and November plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in nursing have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high nurse licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the weightings for number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here or can be accessed using this page. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study nursing are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate of the nurse licensure examination in June and November 2018, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the psychology programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for 2018 biannual nurse licensure examination were 70% (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 30 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

43 Best Philippine Schools with Nursing Undergraduate Programs for 2018
PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS98.503410341100.00%100100COE1001:141485
2SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY92.72202420698.06%9080COE1001:282875
3WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ88.501710171100.00%8090Level IV801:202075
4UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA84.5039039100.00%30100COE1001:151585
5BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI81.521081912785.04%60100COD901:232375
6ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION80.5047047100.00%3080COD901:111185
6SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY80.5053053100.00%4040COE1001:121285
8CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY79.5047047100.00%3070COE1001:303065
9MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC79.027838196.30%5080Level III701:151585
10XAVIER UNIVERSITY76.5068068100.00%40100Level I501:151585
12TRINITY UNIVERSITY OF ASIA75.5032032100.00%3090Level II601:191985
12VELEZ COLLEGE75.5070070100.00%4090Level II601:353565
14CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY75.477627897.44%4060Level III701:141485
16SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY74.011151112691.27%6040Level III701:202075
17BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY-LA TRINIDAD72.505736095.00%4040Level III701:171785
19ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA UNIVERSITY72.271031912284.43%6040Level III701:111185
20PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA71.435365989.83%4070Independent601:181885
21UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE70.864044490.91%3080Level II601:141485
22CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY70.1175179281.52%5070Level II601:131385
23UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN68.7365218675.59%50100Level II601:383865
24SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN66.6353116482.82%4040Level III701:282875
25CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MAKATI65.503374082.50%3080Level I501:191985
26SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY65.063243688.89%3040Level II601:252575
27FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-MANILA64.9670198978.65%5040Level II601:262675
28ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES64.3455126782.09%4090Not Accredited301:141485
29MANILA TYTANA COLLEGES, INC63.7730114173.17%3080Level II601:171785
30CATANDUANES STATE UNIVERSITY-VIRAC63.703384180.49%3040Level III701:272775
31MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY62.84882811675.86%6060Not Accredited301:191985
32OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE COLLEGES62.502663281.25%3080Not Accredited301:088100
33SAN BEDA COLLEGE62.502733090.00%3040Candidate401:131385
34NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE62.172643086.66%3040Level I501:282875
35FEU-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION61.9937104778.73%3040Level II601:101085
36FATHER SATURNINO URIOS UNIVERSITY61.9937104778.73%3040Level II601:161685
37UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTA ISABEL61.9453197273.61%4040Level II601:131385
38UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN61.8558167478.38%4040Level I501:141485
39MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE61.353363984.61%3070Not Accredited301:141485
40LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIV-STA. CRUZ59.502873580.00%3040Level I501:292975
41CEBU CITY MEDICAL CENTER59.394164787.24%3040Not Accredited301:181885
42BUKIDNON STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN59.092683476.47%3040Level I501:161685
43ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY57.833063683.34%3040Not Accredited301:141485
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