6 rank 2019 Best Optometry Schools in the Philippines

2019 Best Optometry Schools in the Philippines

The ranking of the 2019 best optometry schools in the Philippines has been released, which currently featured only 6 out of the 9 colleges and universities offering programs in optometry.

Topping the list was Centro Escolar University-Manila, still the No. 1 best optometry school in the country. CEU-Manila obtained a 90.39% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is an accredited Center of Development (COD) in Optometry by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Manila Central University-Caloocan City made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 (also 2nd in the 2018 list), ahead of the Davao Doctors College, Inc. at 3rd rank (also 3rd in the 2018 list, and Southwestern University at 4th rank (also 4th in the 2018 list). Manila Central University is presently CHED’s Center of Excellence in optometry.

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The newcomers in the list of best optometry schools, Mindanao Medical Foundation College and Lyceum Northwestern University, were ranked 5th and 6th.

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

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study optometry 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 annual optometrist licensure examination in 2018, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the optometry programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2018 optometrist licensure examination was adjusted to 70% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 15 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

6 Best Philippine Schools with Optometry Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDCONDTOTALWeighted % 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%)
1CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MANILA91.8612011113290.91%100100COD901:242475
2MANILA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY- CALOOCAN CITY82.9024012596.00%4080COE1001:121285
3DAVAO DOCTORS COLLEGE, INC.74.50150015100.00%30100Level I501:121285
4SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY72.5045325090.00%7090Not Accredited301:232375
5MINDANAO MEDICAL FOUNDATION COLLEGE59.1713021586.67%3040Not Accredited301:101085
6LYCEUM NORTHWESTERN UNIV- DAGUPAN CITY56.44341124772.34%6040Not Accredited301:404055
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