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.

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