Best Schools for Nurses (BS Nursing) in the Philippines

Nurses belong to the largest group of health practitioners in the Philippines. Their primary responsibility is to administer nursing care to patients who need medical help. Specifically, Registered Nurses (RN) are tasked with these responsibilities:

  • Assessment of patient health problems
  • Development and implementation of nursing care plans
  • Maintenance of medical records
  • Administration of nursing care to the ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients
  • Providing advice to patients on health maintenance and disease prevention

Nurses Licensure Examination (NLE)

To become a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) in the Philippines, an individual must both:

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

The Nursing Board Exam is scheduled twice a year: in June and in November of every year.

Nursing Board Exam Topics and Coverage

If you’re interested to be a registered professional nurse, take note of the following scope of the Nurses Licensure Exam which includes these topics, among others:

  1. Nursing Practice I – Community Health Nursing
  2. Nursing Practice II – Care of Healthy / At Risk Mother and Child
  3. Nursing Practice III – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part A)
    4. Nursing Practice IV: Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part B)
    5. Nursing Practice V: Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part C)

Number of Registered Nurses in the Philippines and Abroad

There is a ton of career opportunities for licensed Filipino nurses. Aside from working domestically, nurses can work abroad given huge demand for nursing care in other countries.

In fact, in the past years, there has been a continuous increase in the number of Filipino nurses overseas. A case study by the Health Services Research of the US National Institutes of Health shows that more than 160,000 Filipino nurses work abroad as of 2003. A mere 30,000 nurses work in the Philippines, either in government hospitals or in private clinics.

The same research shows that the top destinations for Filipino nurses abroad have been Saudi Arabia, the United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK).

Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines

Are you interested to find out which universities in the Philippines are able to achieve the highest passing rates in the Nurses Licensure Exam (NLE)? We compiled the data from previous NLEs to determine the top schools with the highest Nursing Board Exam passing rates.

Check out the table below to see if your school is one of the best Nursing schools in the Philippines!

Category 1: Nursing Schools with more than 100 examinees

1University of Santo Tomas, Manila100%638638
1Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro100%161161
1Benguet State University, La Trinidad100%114114
2Saint Louis University, Baguio City99%336337
2West Visayas State University, Iloilo City99%222223
2Cebu Doctors' University, Mandaue City99%125126
3Mariano Marcos State University - Main, Batac City98%169171
4Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City97%166171
5San Pedro College, Davao City95%162169
5Central Philippine University, Iloilo City95%112117
6Bicol University - Main Campus, Legazpi City88%159179
7Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City87%181206
7Mindanao State University - Main Campus, Marawi City87%145166

Category 2: Nursing Schools with 100 or less examinees

1University of the Philippines Manila, Manila100%9595
1Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City100%9090
1Cebu Normal University, Cebu City100%7575
1Silliman University, Dumaguete City100%7373
1Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation, Tacloban100%7272
1Trinity University of Asia, Quezon City100%6363
1Chinese General Hospital Colleges, Manila100%5454
1Sacred Heart College, Lucena City100%2626
1New Era University, Quezon City100%2424
1Southville International School and Colleges, Las Pinas100%2424
1Andres Bonifacio College, Dipolog City100%2121
1Cagayan de Oro College-PHINMA Education Network, Cagayan de Oro100%2121
1The College of Maasin, Maasin City100%1919
1Baliuag University, Baliuag100%1818
1San Lorenzo Ruiz College of Ormoc, Ormoc City100%1818
1Central Mindanao University, Maramag100%1717
1First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, Tanauan City100%1414
1University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City100%1111
2Velez College, Cebu City98%9293
2Southern Luzon State University, Lucban98%8889
2University of the East Ramon Magsaysay, Quezon City98%8788
2University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City98%6465
2Saint Mary's University, Bayombong98%6061
2Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City98%6061
2Saint Paul University Iloilo, Iloilo City98%5859
2Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines, Tuguegarao City98%5556
2St. Paul University Dumaguete, Dumaguete City98%5455
2Cebu City Medical Center - College of Nursing, Cebu City98%5051
3De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Dasmarinas City97%9193
3St. Paul University Philippines, Tuguegarao City97%4445
3Aklan State University, Banga97%3334
4University of the Philippines School of Health & Sciences, Leyte Palo96%7982
4Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Manila96%5355
4Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation, Tabontabon96%2728
4La Salle University Ozamiz, Ozamiz City96%2627
5Cavite State University - Indang Campus, Indang95%4446
5Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City95%4042
5St. Scholastica's College, Tacloban Tacloban95%2324
5Saint Paul University Surigao, Surigao City95%2122
5St. Paul University Manila, Manila95%2021
5Eastern Samar State University, Borongan City95%2021
6Far Eastern University, Manila94%9398
6Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila, Manila94%6367
6Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro94%5053
6San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation, Pasay94%1617
7University of Pangasinan PHINMA Education Network, Dagupan City93%7580
7Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Naga City93%7479
7University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in Las Pinas, Las Pinas93%2931
7Mountain View College, Valencia City93%2830
7Pangasinan State University in Bayambang, Bayambang93%2729
8Centro Escolar University, Manila92%5054
8Foundation University, Dumaguete City92%3740
8Adventist Medical Center College, Iligan City92%2628
8Mater Dei College, Tubigon92%1314
9Manila Tytana Colleges, Pasay91%6672
9Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig, Pasig City91%4549
9Cebu Institute of Technology University, Cebu City91%3235
9Visayas State University, Baybay City91%2123
10Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City90%2932
10Aklan Polytechnic Institute, Kalibo90%2022
10San Beda College, Manila90%2022
10Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City90%2022
10Sts. John And Paul Colleges, Calamba City90%1011
10Cor Jesu College, Digos City90%910
11Catanduanes State University - Virac, Virac89%6775
11Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City89%5359
11Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Quezon City89%5157
11Butuan Doctors College, Butuan City89%3337
11Laguna State Polytechnic University, Santa Cruz89%2528
11Manila Adventist College, Pasay89%1719
12Colegio San Agustin Bacolod, Bacolod City88%5967
12De La Salle Lipa, Lipa City88%3944
12Tarlac State University, Tarlac City88%3034
12Notre Dame of Marbel University, Koronadal City88%1517
13University of Mindanao, Davao City87%3439
13National University, Manila87%2731
13Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City87%2124
13Asian Development Foundation College, Tacloban87%1416
13Capitol Medical Center Colleges, Quezon City87%1416
14Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City86%7789
14Makati Medical Center College, Makati86%6069
14Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, Marikina City86%3945
14Emilio Aguinaldo College in Cavite, Dasmarinas City86%3237
14University of Cebu - LapuLapu and Mandaue Campus, Mandaue City86%3136
14Saint Jude College, Manila86%2529
14University of the Assumption, San Fernando City86%2529
14Adamson University, Manila86%2023

Note: 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 Nurses Licensure Exams in November 2017, June 2017, November 2016, and June 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (

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