Best Midwifery Schools in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

Midwives in the Philippines are generally viewed as people who simply assist or help in the delivery of a baby — but their actual work is much bigger than that.

In reality, midwives are involved in various stages of a mother’s pregnancy, and provide continuous care to both mother and child even after delivery.

Professional Midwives

In the Philippines, professional midwives are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and examining women during pregnancy
  • Developing, assessing and evaluating individual programs of care
  • Providing full ante-natal care, including screening tests in the hospital, community and the home
  • Identifying high risk pregnancies and making referrals to doctors and other medical specialists
  • Arranging and providing parenting and health education
  • Providing counseling and advice before and after screening and tests
  • Offering support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death
  • Supervising and assisting mothers in labor, monitoring the condition of the fetus and using knowledge of drugs and pain management
  • Giving support and advice on the daily care of the baby, including breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds
  • Liaising with agencies and other health and social care professionals to ensure continuity of care

As you can see, the career of midwifery is indeed a profession.

Registered Midwife (RM) Board Exam

In the Philippines, to become a Professional Registered Midwife (RM), an individual must both:

  • 1. Be a graduate of a “BS in Midwifery” course in an accredited educational institution in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Midwifery Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Midwifery under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Midwifery Board Exam is conducted twice a year, in April and in November of every year.

If you’re interested to be a registered professional midwife soon, take note that the scope of the Midwifery Licensure Exam includes the following topics, among others:

  • Infant Care and Feeding
  • Obstetrical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Bacteriology, as applied to Midwifery Practice
  • Obstetrics
  • Midwifery Procedures
  • Domiciliary Midwifery
  • Community Hygiene and First-aid
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics of Midwifery Practice
  • Primary Health Care
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Family Planning

Best Midwifery Schools in the Philippines

Do you want to know which universities in the Philippines are able to produce the highest number of registered midwives?

We compiled the data from previous Midwifery Licensure Exams to determine the top schools with the highest Midwifery Board Exam passing rates. Check out the table below to see if your school is one of the best Midwifery schools in the Philippines!

Schools ranked by Midwifery Board Exam Passing Rate

SchoolCityPassing RateNo. of PassersTotal Takers
1. Bicol University - Main CampusLegazpi City100%8585
1. Cebu School of MidwiferyCebu City100%3030
1. Bicol University - Polangui CampusPolangui100%2121
1. University of Pangasinan PHINMA Education NetworkDagupan City100%1818
1. St. Anne College of LucenaLucena City100%1717
1. Virgen Milagrosa University FoundationSan Carlos City100%1111
1. University of Saint AnthonyIriga City100%1111
2. Iloilo Doctor's CollegeIloilo City97%4243
2. Naga College FoundationNaga City97%3839
3. Bicol University - TabacoTabaco City96%6062
3. Tagoloan Community CollegeTagoloan96%2526
4. University of the Philippines School of Health & Sciences - LeytePalo95%152159
4. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital School of MidwiferyManila95%8387
5. Saint Mary's UniversityBayombong94%1617
6. St. Paul College Foundation - CebuCebu City93%2830
7. Camarines Sur Polytechnic CollegesNabua92%119128
7. Catanduanes State University - ViracVirac92%7177
7. Colegio de San Gabriel ArcangelSan Jose del Monte92%1213
7. Jose C. Feliciano CollegeDau, Mabalacat92%1213
8. Gordon CollegeOlongapo City91%1112
8. Dr. Yanga's College, Inc.Bocaue91%1112
9. Davao Medical School FoundationDavao City90%2831
9. Our Lady of the Pillar's CollegeCauayan City90%1011
9. University of the Visayas - Mandaue CampusMandaue City90%910
10. Medical Colleges of Northern PhilippinesTuguegarao City88%4450
11. University of Cebu - Banilad CampusCebu City87%2731
11. Tawi-Tawi School of MidwiferyBongao87%2124
11. Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State CollegeEstancia87%1416
12. Cordillera Career Development CollegeLa Trinidad86%2023
12. Cavite State University - Indang CampusIndang86%2023
12. PLT CollegeBayombong86%1922
13. Bohol Island State University - Calape CampusCalape85%6677
13. Ifugao State University - Potia CampusPotia85%3035
13. University of Northern Philippines ViganVigan City85%2327
13. Abada CollegePinamalayan85%1214
14. Tecaro College FoundationDavao City84%4351
14. Arriesgado College FoundationTagum City84%2732
14. Butuan Doctors CollegeButuan City84%1113
14. Southland CollegeKabankalan City84%1113
15. Fellowship Baptist CollegeKabankalan City83%1518

Note: The table above only ranks schools with at least 10 Midwives Board examinees. Also, the passing rates just count the first-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Midwifery Licensure Exams in November 2017, April 2017, November 2016, and April 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.