Top 21 nursing schools, best schools for teachers in the Philippines 2013


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Manila, Philippines - The House committee on higher and technical education of the House of Representatives released the list of top 21 nursing schools and 24 universities and colleges for education (teachers) due to the exceptional performances of their graduates in the 2013 board exams given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Top schools Philippines nursing, teachers 2014


Pasig City Representative and committee Chairman Roman Romulo highlights the performance of schools to inform prospective nursing and education course students and their parents to make a sound choice as to where they will most likely get the best value for their hard earned tuition money.


The Top 21 nursing schools in the Philippines (released on the last quarter of 2013)

Romulo identified the top 5 schools with their passing rates in the exams as follows:

1. West Visayas State University-La Paz (100%)
2. Cebu Normal College (100%)
3. University of the Philippines-Manila (100%)
4. Chinese General Hospital Colleges (99.30%)
5. Saint Paul University-Tuguegarao (99.28%)


The following complete the list of top 21 schools:

6. Benguet State University-La Trinidad (99.15%)
7. University of Santo Tomas (99.04%)
8. Trinity University of Asia (98.95%)
9. Saint Paul University-Dumaguete (98.36%)
10. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (98.15%)
11. Velez College-Cebu (98.01%)
12. Cebu City Medical Center (97.06%)
13. Saint Paul University-Manila (96.23%)
14. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (95.45%)
15. Saint Paul University-Iloilo (94.74 %)
16. University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao (94.52%)
17. Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation (94.51%)
18. Saint Louis University-Baguio (93.33%)
19. San Pedro College-Davao (89.41%)
20. Southern Luzon State University-Lucban (88.61%)
21. Saint Mary’s University-Bayombong (88.15%).

Romulo said the 21 schools were the only ones “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the nurse licensure exam (NLE).

“We must point out that there may be other smaller nursing schools with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing the last two nurse eligibility tests, but these institutions were excluded from the list simply because they had fewer than 50 examinees,” he said.

According to the PRC, some 38.09 percent, or 33,127 out of 86,953 examinees, passed the nurse licensure tests in June 2013 and December 2012.


Best Schools for Education in the Philippines 2013 (released in January 2014)

Romulo said the 24 schools for Education were the only ones “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the last two licensure tests (March and September 2013) for elementary and high school teachers.

Top 13 for high school teachers:

1. University of the Philippines–Diliman (91.66%);
2. Saint Louis University-Baguio (90.88%);
3. University of San Carlos–Cebu (90.16%);
4. University of Santo Tomas (89.59%);
5. Philippine Normal University–Manila (89.43%);
6. Philippine Normal University–Agusan (88.83%);
7. University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum (88.00%);
8. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (84.06%);
9. Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (82.89%);
10. Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig (82.26%);
11. Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology (82.18%);
12. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (81.71%); and
13. Technological University of the Philippines–Cavite (80.65%).

Top 11 for elementary school teachers:

1. University of Santo Tomas (100.00%);
2. Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (95.95%);
3. West Visayas State University–La Paz (94.76%);
4. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (93.16%);
5. Philippine Normal University–Manila (91.34%);
6. Talisay City College-Cebu (90.24%);
7. Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College (86.27%);
8. Saint Louis University-Baguio (84.91%);
9. Western Visayas College of Science & Technology-La Paz (82.31%);
10. Bohol Island State University–Bilar (81.13%); and
11. Cebu Technological University–Argao (80.72%).

Citing data from the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education, Romulo said there are 1,663 institutions certified to produce high school teachers, and 1,280 institutions for elementary teachers.

While there are other schools with at least 80% of their graduates passing the exams, Romulo explained that they were excluded since they only had fewer than 50 examinees.

The Department of Education is the country’s single largest employer of teachers, with a total of 669,997 permanent positions, of which 591,163 have been filled. In 2013, it spent P148.37 billion to pay for permanent teaching positions.

DepEd said they will spend P9.5 billion to hire 33,194 teachers and 1,500 school principals this 2014.


Nursing and teaching are among the top five most heavily subscribed programs in college, along with criminology, accounting and civil engineering, wherein graduates must first pass a national licensure examination before they can properly practice their profession.

For nursing, the government has been trying to padlock schools with poor performance in the board examinations.

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