Best Psychology / Psychometrician Schools in the Philippines


If you’re someone who wants to learn how people think and what causes their behavior, then a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree is a course you may want to consider.

The BS Psychology program studies the attitudes, behavior, and cognition of a person through the scientific method and establishes psychology theories and ideas that may be used for research and social experiments. This is significant when it comes to various applications such as hiring job applicants in a company, handling a diverse team in an organization, counseling and providing helpful advices to people, and even in daily socialization.

BS Psychology course program

In the Philippines, the BS Psychology program requires around 126 academic units, with a minimum of 63 units in general education, 45 units in major subjects, and 18 units in elective courses. The program generally takes 4 years to finish. Educational institutions that follow a trimestral schedule may finish in less than 4 years.

It also requires a 200-hour on-the-job training (OJT) based on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s policy. The training can vary from assisting guidance counselor in schools, interpreting psychological tests and doing research works in agencies, or interning in Human Resource department of companies.

To be a professional, a BS Psychology graduate is required to take and pass the licensure exam. There are three board exams that one may take depending on his or her career of choice:

  1. Psychologist
  2. Psychometrist; or 
  3. Guidance Counselor

1. Psychologists Licensure Exam

As per Republic Act No. 10029, otherwise known as the “Philippine Psychology Act of 2009,” a Filipino may become a licensed Psychologist after passing the licensure examination for Psychologists administered by the Board of Psychology.

The Psychologist Licensure Exam typically covers the following subjects (with specific weights below):

  • Advanced Theories of Personality (20%);
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology (25%);
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment (30%); and
  • Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy (25%).

Examinees must accomplish the following requirements in order to take the exam:

  1. Holds at least a Master’s degree in psychology
  2. NSO/ PSA Birth Certificate
  3. NSO/ PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  4. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  5. CAV for those school without SO number
  6. Valid NBI Clearance
  7. Mental Health Certificate signed by Registered Psychologist
  8. Has undergone a minimum of two hundred (200) hours of supervised practicum/internship/ clinical experience related to services enumerated in b of Section 3 of R.A. No. 10029 and under auspices of a license psychologist or other licensed mental health professional
  9. Exam Payment
  10. Has Three (3) Good Moral Certificate from any of the following:
  • Barangay
  • School
  • Church
  • Employer

Pursuant to Section 16 of R.A. No. 10029, a person who possesses the qualifications required to take the examination for registration as a psychologist may be registered without examination, provided that the applicant files an application for registration and issuance of certificate of registration and professional identification card by submitting credentials satisfactory to the Board.

The said credentials that may be deemed satisfactory to the Board involve the applicant to have:

  • Obtained a doctoral degree in psychology and had accumulated three (3) years of work experience in the practice of psychology; or
  • Obtained a master’s degree in psychology and accumulated a minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the practice of psychology; or
  • Being presently employed as psychologists in a government or private agency, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, an accumulated minimum of ten (10) years of work experience in the practice of psychology as psychologists, and who have updated their professional education in various psychology-related functions.

2. Psychometrician Licensure Exam

A Psychometrician is a professional who practices Psychometrics, a branch of Psychology. To be called a Psychometrician in the Philippines, R.A. No. 10029 requires the person to hold a valid certificate of registration and a valid professional identification card as a psychometrician issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology and the Professional Regulation Commission.

He/she must pass a licensure examination for psychometrician also conducted by the Board of Psychology. The Psychometrician Licensure Exam in the Philippines covers the following subjects:

  • Psychological Assessment (40%);
  • Theories of Personality (20%);
  • Abnormal Psychology (20%); and
  • Industrial Psychology (20%).

To be eligible to take the exam, the applicant must accomplish the following requirements:

  1. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
  2. NSO/ PSA Birth Certificate
  3. NSO/ PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  4. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  5. CAV for those school without SO number
  6. Valid NBI Clearance
  7. Exam Payment
  8. Has Three (3) certificate of Good Moral Character from any of the following duly and signed by the issuing authority and duly notarized under oath:
  • Barangay
  • School
  • Church
  • Employer

Also, pursuant to Section 17 of R.A. No. 10029, an applicant may be registered without examination, provided that the applicant files with the Board an application for registration and issuance of a certificate of registration and professional identification card by submitting credentials satisfactory to the Board, specifically, that the applicant had obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and had accumulated a minimum of two (2) years full-time work experience in the practice of psychometrics.

3. Guidance Counselor Licensure Exam

To become a Guidance Counselor in the Philippines, Republic Act No. 9258, otherwise known as the “Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004”, requires that a person be registered and be issued a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card by the Board of Guidance and Counseling and the PRC.

To be a licensed Guidance Counselor, all applicants must pass the Guidance Counselor Licensure Exam, the scope of which is as follows:

  • Philosophical, Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Guidance;
  • Counseling Theories, Tools and Techniques;
  • Psychological Testing;
  • Organization and Administration of Guidance Services; and
  • Group Process and Program Development.

The following requirements must be accomplished by the applicant:

  1. Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling
  2. NSO/ PSA Birth Certificate
  3. NSO/ PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  4. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  5. CAV for those school without SO number
  6. Valid NBI Clearance
  7. Complete Payment of Php 900.00

Moreover, pursuant to Section 14 of R.A. No. 9258, an applicant may be registered without taking the said licensure examination provided that the said applicant has any of the following credentials:

  • Had been doctoral and masters degree holder in Guidance and Counseling with at least three (3) years of experience teaching Guidance and Counseling courses and/or full-time counseling practice for the same period;
  • Had passed at least eighteen (18) units of Master’s level courses in Guidance and Counseling such as Counseling Techniques/Theories, Organization or Administration of Guidance Services, Test and Measurements, Group Process/Counseling and Career Guidance/ Counseling; and have at least seven (7) years of experience in counseling work; and
  • Had completed academic requirements for a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and have five (5) years experience as full-time guidance counselors.

Careers for Non-Professional Graduates

The BS Psychology degree opens a lot of opportunities for further studies. A graduate may continue to pursue advanced graduate study of psychology or similar fields.  It is also useful for those who want to study in a medical or law school. The program offers scientific training essential for those who pursue careers in medical fields by combining mathematical and natural sciences courses required.

For non-professional graduates of Psychology, they may apply to become:

  • Human Resource staff
  • Researcher and Academician
  • Community Program developer
  • Rehabilitation specialist

Interested to find out which schools rank the highest in Psychology-related board exams? Here are the top universities in terms of passing rates in past Psychologist, Psychometrician, and Guidance Counselor Licensure Exams in the country.

Top Schools in the Philippines: Psychology Licensure Exam

RANKSCHOOLCITY / LOCATIONPASSING RATENUMBER OF PASSERSTOTAL NUMBER OF TAKERS
1Ateneo de Manila UniversityQuezon City88%5562
2De La Salle UniversityManila85%3440
3Saint Louis UniversityBaguio City68%1116
4University of Santo TomasManila63%2336
5Ateneo de Davao UniversityDavao City56%1425
6University of the CordillerasBaguio City40%410
7Polytechnic University of the PhilippinesManila25%416

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Psychologist Licensure Exams in October 2017, August 2016, July 2015, and October 2014.

Top Schools in the Philippines: Psychometrician Licensure Exam

Category 1: Schools with 201 or more Psychometrician Licensure examinees

SCHOOLCITYPASSING RATENO. OF PASSERSTOTAL TAKERS
1. University of Santo TomasManila89%613685
2. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng MaynilaManila77%374480
3. Polytechnic University of the PhilippinesManila73%455616
3. University of San CarlosCebu City73%212288
3. De La Salle UniversityManila73%212288
4. Cebu Normal UniversityCebu City70%165233
5. Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of TechnologyIligan City67%148218
6. Saint Louis UniversityBaguio City63%434687
7. Ateneo de Davao University Davao City61%123201
8. Holy Angel University Angeles City58%133228
9. Xavier UniversityCagayan de Oro56%187330
9. Ateneo de Naga UniversityNaga City56%135239
10. San Pedro CollegeDavao City55%120218
11. Centro Escolar UniversityManila54%171311
12. Adamson UniversityManila53%162304
13. Rizal Technological UniversityMandaluyong52%182347
13. De La Salle University DasmariñasDasmariñas City52%167318
13. Our Lady of Fatima UniversityValenzuela City52%128242
14. Far Eastern UniversityManila51%5331030
14. University of the EastManila51%158306

Category 2: Schools with 101-200 Psychometrician Licensure examinees

SCHOOLCITYPASSING RATENO. OF PASSERSTOTAL TAKERS
1. University of the Philippines DilimanQuezon City97%173178
2. Ateneo de Manila UniversityQuezon City87%148170
3. Angeles University FoundationAngeles City75%76101
4. St. Scholastica's CollegeManila68%91132
5. Colegio de San Juan de LetranManila67%118175
6. Miriam CollegeQuezon City64%95147
7. University of St. La SalleBacolod City61%75122
8. Philippine Normal UniversityManila59%77130
9. University of San AgustinIloilo City58%71121
10. St. Paul University ManilaManila56%64113
11. Central Philippine UniversityIloilo City54%67123
12. Manila Tytana CollegesPasay53%67126
13. Lyceum of the Philippines University - CaviteGeneral Trias53%60113
14. Manila Central UniversityCaloocan City52%59113
15. Lyceum of the Philippines University - BatangasBatangas City51%67129
16. University of the CordillerasBaguio City50%82164

Category 3: Schools with 51-100 Psychometrician Licensure examinees

SCHOOLCITYPASSING RATENO. OF PASSERSTOTAL TAKERS
1. University of the Philippines Visayas - TaclobanTacloban98%6263
1. University of the Philippines CebuCebu City98%5051
2. University of the Philippines Diliman - Pampanga Extension ProgramAngeles City97%7476
3. University of the Philippines VisayasMiagao89%89100
4. Palawan State UniversityPuerto Princesa City76%4559
5. Mindanao State University - Main CampusMarawi City73%5169
6. Adventist University of the PhilippinesSilang68%5175
7. Saint Mary's UniversityBayombong67%5379
8. Assumption CollegeMakati60%5795
9. Siliman UniversityDumaguete City59%5694
9. Saint Louis College San Fernando City59%3661
10. Polytechnic University of the PhilippinesSto. Tomas57%4476
11. Cavite State University Imus56%3257
11. University of BatangasBatangas City56%2951
12. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng ValenzuelaValenzuela City52%4789
13. Central Mindanao UniversityMaramag50%4997
13. Cebu Institute of Technology UniversityCebu City50%2651

Category 4: Schools with 50 or below Psychometrician Licensure examinees

SCHOOLCITYPASSING RATENO. OF PASSERSTOTAL TAKERS
1. University of the Philippines ManilaManila100%1414
2. Far Eastern University - CaviteSilang86%1922
3. St. Theresa's College - CebuCebu City66%1218
4. Colegio San Agustin BacolodBacolod63%1930
4. St. Scholastica's College - TaclobanTacloban63%1930
4. Our Lady of Lourdes College FoundationDaet63%711
5. Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Sta. RosaSanta Rosa City62%3150
6. Aquinas University of LegazpiLegaspi City61%2642
7. Mondriaan Aura CollegeOlongapo City55%2545
7. Colegio de San Juan de Letran - BataanAbucay55%1018
8. Baliuag UniversityBaliuag53%2649
8. Central Colleges of the PhilippinesQuezon City53%1426
9. Don Honorio Ventura Technological State UniversityBacolor52%2446
9. College of the Holy SpiritManila52%917
10. San Beda College AlabangMuntinlupa City51%1937
10. Mapua UniversityManila51%1733
11. Philippine Christian UniversityManila50%2244

Note: The tables above only rank the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Psychometrician Licensure Exams in October 2017, August 2016, July 2015, and October 2014.

Top Schools in the Philippines: Guidance Counselor Licensure Exam

Category 1: Schools with 21 or more Guidance Counselor Licensure examinees

RANKSCHOOLCITY / LOCATIONPASSING RATENUMBER OF PASSERSTOTAL NUMBER OF TAKERS
1Ateneo de Naga UniversityNaga City100%3232
2De La Salle UniversityManila87%5563
3Philippine Normal UniversityZamboanga City85%4148
4West Visayas State UniversityIloilo City83%2631
5Cebu Normal UniversityCebu City84%2226

Category 2: Schools with 20 or below Guidance Counselor Licensure examinees

RANKSCHOOLCITY / LOCATIONPASSING RATENUMBER OF PASSERSTOTAL NUMBER OF TAKERS
1University of the Philippines VisayasMiagao100%1919
1Asian Theological SeminaryQuezon City100%1010
1Ateneo de Davao UniversityDavao City100%1010
1Ateneo de Manila UniversityQuezon City100%1010
2Xavier UniversityCagayan de Oro94%1617
3Miriam CollegeQuezon City93%1415
4San Pedro CollegeDavao City92%1314
5University of the Philippines DilimanQuezon City91%1112
6St. Joseph's College of Quezon CityQuezon City90%1820
6Saint Louis UniversityBaguio City90%910
7Ateneo de Zamboanga UniversityZamboanga City86%1315
8De la Salle University DasmariñasDasmariñas City85%1720
8University of Santo TomasManila85%1214
9Centro Escolar UniversityManila84%1113
10Holy Angel UniversityAngeles City81%911

Note: The tables above only rank the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Guidance Counselor Licensure Exams in August 2017, August 2016, August 2015, and August 2014.

Source: PRC Philippines (prc.gov.ph)

See also: List of Top Universities in the Philippines (based on Board Exam passing rate)


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