55 rank Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which featured only 55 out of 515 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in nursing education. (READ: 43 Ranked Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2018)

The University of Santo Tomas is still ranked first in the country for nursing education with 97.50% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is one of the five institutions in the country accredited as the Center of Excellence (COE) in nursing by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The West Visayas State University-La Paz in Iloilo made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019, ahead of Saint Louis University in Baguio City at 3rd rank, Cebu Normal University at 4th rank, and Bicol University-Legazpi at 5th. Saint Louis University and Cebu Normal University are also presently CHED’s Centers of Excellence (COEs) in nursing. Meanwhile, West Visayas State University-La Paz and Bicol University-Legazpi are presently CHEd’s Centers of Development in nursing.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the San Pedro College in Davao City at 6th, Mariano Marcos State University-Batac at 7th, Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga at 8th, Silliman University in Dumaguete City at 9th, and Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City at 10th. Angeles University Foundation and Trinity University of Asia are also presently accredited as Center of Development in nursing by CHED while Silliman University is also 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 and the August 2019 Special Professional Licensure Examination for Nurses plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in nursing education 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 a 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.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of the biannual nursing licensure examinations in 2019 and the special professional licensure examination for nurses, the number of examinees, and top-performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the nursing programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for 2019 nurse licensure examination were 70% (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 40 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

55 Best Philippine Schools with Nursing Undergraduate Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDCOND.TOTAL% PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS97.5034400344100.00%10090COE1001:151585
2WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ94.261641016599.39%90100COD901:171785
3SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY91.301951019699.49%10040COE1001:272775
4CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY82.50440044100.00%3090COE1001:292975
5BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI82.2412411013591.85%7060COD901:242475
6SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY80.811366014295.78%8040Level III701:131385
7MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC79.6813210014292.96%8040Level III701:141485
8ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION79.5951405592.73%30100COD901:121285
9SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY78.50480048100.00%3040COE1001:101085
10TRINITY UNIVERSITY OF ASIA (TRINITY-QC)78.50450045100.00%3060COD901:191985
11XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)78.5012700127100.00%7060Level I501:161685
12CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY77.7213410014493.06%8040Level II601:151585
13VELEZ COLLEGE77.1098109998.99%5090Level II601:353565
14ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA UNIVERSITY76.7511612012890.63%7040Level III701:121285
16DE LA SALLE MEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE76.00690069100.00%4040Level III701:77100
17CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY75.7365306895.59%4070Level III701:131385
18UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE74.9474307796.10%4080Level II601:141485
19SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN74.2160206296.77%4060Level III701:232375
20PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA73.9951205396.23%30100Independent601:202075
21BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY-LA TRINIDAD72.7967307095.72%4040Level III701:181885
22FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY- MANILA72.559213010587.62%6060Level II601:262675
23MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY71.0313922016186.34%9040Not Accredited301:171785
25UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTA ISABEL69.6866507192.96%4040Level II601:161685
26UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES-VIGAN69.578725011277.68%6040Level III701:141485
27UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN68.778427011175.68%6080Level II601:373765
28NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY68.508729011675.00%6040Level III701:121285
29REMEDIOS T. ROMUALDEZ MEDICAL FOUNDATION68.1747104897.92%3070Not Accredited301:88100
30BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY-MALOLOS68.079429012376.42%7040Level II601:252575
31ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY67.8342304593.34%3040Level II601:171785
32CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY66.9850805886.21%3070Level II601:292975
33UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS66.6311337015075.33%8040Level I501:383865
34SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY66.6037404190.24%3040Level II601:151585
35HOLY NAME UNIVERSITY66.599239013170.23%7040Level II601:171785
36CAMARINES SUR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE-NABUA66.23631908276.83%5040Level III701:272775
37BICOL UNIVERSITY-TABACO65.7945605188.23%3070Level I501:242475
38COLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN- BACOLOD CITY65.40511106282.26%4040Level II601:161685
39UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN65.17651007586.67%4040Level I501:141485
40UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN PHILIPPINES-CATARMAN64.7437504288.09%3040Level II601:242475
41UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS64.01451606173.77%4040Level III701:161685
42CEBU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY63.5031904077.50%3060Level III701:393965
43LORMA COLLEGE63.4711343015672.44%8040Not Accredited301:191985
44CATANDUANES STATE UNIVERSITY-VIRAC62.77431205578.18%3040Level III701:242475
45PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-P. PRINCESA61.8345905483.33%3040Level II601:303065
46MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE60.70391105078.00%3090Not Accredited301:111185
47FATHER SATURNINO URIOS UNIVERSITY59.94391405373.59%3040Level II601:171785
48GORDON COLLEGE58.56472006770.15%4090Not Accredited301:202075
50CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MANILA57.9741804983.68%3040Not Accredited301:191985
51ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES57.8340804883.33%3040Not Accredited301:171785
52NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY57.78411705870.69%3040Level II601:222275
53ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-ECHAGUE56.10371305074.00%3040Level I501:383865
54PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MARIKINA55.18461606274.19%4040Not Accredited301:202075
55SAINT ANTHONY COLLEGE OF ROXAS CITY52.83341404870.83%3040Not Accredited301:161685


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