Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines is the largest supplier of skilled health professionals in the world, with 70 percent of newly licensed Filipino nurses seeking employment globally each year. The best Philippine nursing schools are those producing the most number of graduates with the highest overall passing rate on the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) board exams for nursing.

1 Silliman University (SU)

This Presbyterian private research university has 10 colleges. Aside from the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, SU also offers a nursing Ph.D. degree course and master’s degrees in various specialized areas of nursing.

Hibbard Avenue Dumaguete City, 6200 Negros Oriental 63-35-422-6002

2 Saint Louis University (SLU)

SLU’s 15-acre mountain city campus has nine colleges, including the College of Nursing. The SLU School of Nursing offers two undergraduate nursing courses, the Associate in Health Science Education degree (AHSE) and the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN).

Graduate studies in nursing are also available in various areas such as adult health, mental health, nursing administration and others.

A. Bonifacio Street 2600 Baguio City 63-74-443-2001

3 Trinity University of Asia (TUA)

Although this non-sectarian private university was granted official university status only in 2006, its various collegiate courses date back to its establishment in 1963. Its current academic nursing courses include BSN and AHSE.

Students at the TUA St. Luke’s College of Nursing train in the school’s base hospital, the prestigious St. Luke’s Medical Center, one of Southeast Asia’s leading hospitals for more than a century.

Cathedral Heights, 275 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. Quezon City, Metro Manila 63-2-702-2882

4 University of Santo Tomas (UST)

Established in 1611, UST is the oldest existing university in Asia. Its Faculty of Medicine & Surgery and Faculty of Pharmacy dates back to 1871 and today offers a complete curriculum on the medical sciences, including the College of Nursing’s BSN. Nursing students train at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital.

España Boulevard 1008 Manila 63-2-406-1611

5 St. Paul University-Tuguegarao

The Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres founded this university in 1907. Its School of Health Sciences offers BSN, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPharma) and Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (BSMedTech). Meanwhile, the graduate school offers Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctorate in Nursing Science (DNS).

Mabini Street Tuguegarao City, 3500 Cagayan 63-7-884-4444

6 Central Philippine University (CPU)

CPU is a century-old nonprofit Christian institution offering various graduate and undergraduate programs from its 60 acre campus in Iloilo City. The CPU College of Nursing offers BSN and AHSE. Their school of graduate studies also offers master’s degrees in nursing.

Lopez Jaena Street Jaro, 5000 Iloilo City 63-33-329-1971

7 Cebu Doctors’ University

This medical university's graduates consistently top national medical board exams. For aspiring nurses, the university offers BSN, and a master’s degree in arts of nursing where students can major in areas like medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing, maternal-child nursing and more.

1 Dr. P.V. Larrazabal Jr. Ave. North Reclamation, Mandaue City, Cebu 63-32-238-8333

8 De La Salle University Dasmariñas – Health Sciences Campus

De La Salle’s Health Sciences campus may have been established only in 1977, but it’s managed by the 100-year old De La Salle University Manila system. The Health Sciences campus has colleges for medicine, physical therapy, medical radiation technology, nursing and midwifery.

The school offers only two nursing courses: BSN and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. Its principal teaching hospital is the De La Salle University Medical Center.

Congressional Avenue, Pasong Lawin, Dasmariñas, 4114 Cavite 63-46-481-8000

9 Saint Mary’s University

St. Mary’s offers BSN, Midwifery and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Their graduates’ performance in the national board exams have kept Saint Mary’s within the top 10 nursing schools since the beginning of the 2000s.

Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya 3700 63-78-321-2221

10 San Pedro College

A Catholic private college, San Pedro’s range of undergraduate and graduate courses are mostly in the area of professional health care and IT. Aside from medical courses like pharmacy, medical technology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, biology and psychology, it offers graduate programs in nursing, BSN and a certificate nursing aide program.

12 C. Guzman St. Davao City 63-82-224-1481

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