College of Nursing

The University of the Philippines College of Nursing (UPCN) was conceived through a thesis presented to the Division of Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, by Ms. Julita V. Sotejo, entitled, “A University School of Nursing in the University of the Philippines the proposal was approved by the Board of Regents on April 9, 1948, as the University of the Philippines College of Nursing.

The first academic offerings of UPCN in 1948 were the baccalaureate program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for high school graduates, and the Post-Basic Program for nurses who graduated from the three-year Graduate in Nursing (G.N.). In 1955, the Masters program, M.A. (Nursing), was instituted as a thesis course with functional majors in administration, teaching and supervision, and public health. In 1968, the Masters in Nursing (MN) program, a non-thesis course focused on clinical specializations in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing and Community Health Nursing, was added to the graduate program. In response to the constantly changing times and the needs of the profession, Nursing Administration and School Health Nursing were subsequently added to the specialty fields. The doctoral program, Ph.D. (Nursing), was instituted on September 27, 1979.
In 1972, President Marcos signed Executive Order 545 that merged the Philippine General Hospital School of Nursing and the UP College of Nursing. In 1977, the Health Sciences Center was created, making it an autonomous unit of the UP System. In view of its renewed organizational structure, the College of Nursing moved out of its place at the first floor of the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City and joined the rest of the health professions in Manila where it rightfully belongs. Today, it is better known as the University of the Philippines Manila, the College of Nursing being one of its nine degree-granting units.
The BOR, in its 872th meeting in 1972, made a landmark decision to merge the U.P. College of Nursing and UP-PGH School of Nursing into one unit. The approval of the merge was enacted during the 859th meeting of the BOR on April 10, 1975. Consequently, the merge was made official with the signing of E.O 545 by then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos on July 23, 1979.

In 1977 when the Health Sciences Center was created in Manila, the College of Nursing moved out of its place at the first floor of the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City and joined the rest of the health professions in Manila. Today, the College of Nursing is one of the nine degree-granting units of UP Manila.

The College of Nursing has been designated as World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing Development in Primary Health Care on March 15, 1989. From January 2, 2004 to present, it was re-designated as WHOCC for Leadership in Nursing Development. UPCN is the first and only WHOCC in Nursing in the country and the first in the Western Pacific Region.



The University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing is the premiere nursing school in the country that acts as a change agent, serving the health needs of the Filipino people, and provides leadership and excellence in nursing development in the global community.



The UP College of Nursing shall carry out its mission with the overall objective of providing leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, continuing education, community service and nursing development.

Specifically, the objectives include the following:

A. Nursing Education – to prepare professional nurses who:

  1. Can function as primary care providers in all settings;
  2. Can function as clinical nurse specialists, educators, middle level managers and researchers;
  3. Are socially conscious and responsive to the needs of the country; and, will be leaders in nursing practice, education and research.

B. Research

  1. To undertake researches on problems in nursing practice, education and management;
  2. To disseminate research findings; and
  3. To create opportunities for and encourage utilization of research findings.

C. Continuing Education and Community Extension Services

  1. To design and implement continuing education programs for nurse practitioners, educators, administrators and researchers;
  2. In cooperation with requesting agencies, to develop and/or assist and implement training programs for nurses;
  3. To provide resource persons and consultants in the field of nursing practice, education and research; and,
  4. To design, implement and coordinate extension service projects.

D. Consultancy/Exchange Programs – to provide one’s expertise to other agencies

E. Nursing Development

  1. To seek opportunities and resources for human and physical development;
  2. To develop responsive programs/projects in order to provide for better quality of life through optimum health;
  3. To provide leadership in the areas of nursing practice, nursing education, continuing education and nursing research; and,
  4. To seek to influence, through its various programs/projects, national, health and nursing policies.

The College of Nursing is basically functional in operations. While most colleges or units in the university are divided into departments which are organized according to fields of specializations, the College of Nursing is divided into three programs: Teaching, Continuing Education and Community Services, and Research and Creative Writing.



Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year course that is competency-based, community-oriented, and value-based. The program aims to prepare beginning professional nurses, who shall:

  • Render safe, competent and comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families and groups in promotive, preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative health situations in the hospital or community;
  • Be skillful in decision-making and in the use of the nursing process and problem-solving approach;
  • Have beginning skills in ward management in the hospital setting, as well as program planning, monitoring and evaluation in a community setting;
  • Demonstrate skills in interpersonal relationships used in interactions with clients, peers and other members of the health team; and
  • Serve as primary health care workers in any setting.

Curricular Program Requirements Units
General Education 45
Major 76
Foundation 26
Qualified Elective 6
Legislated 3
NSTP (6)
Physical Education (8)
TOTAL 156 + (14)


Graduate Program


Master of Arts in Nursing. The primary goal of the masters program in Nursing is to prepare qualified nurses for clinical specialization and leadership in any of the following major fields:

  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Maternal and Child Nursing
  • Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
  • Nursing Administration
  • School Health Nursing

This goal can be attained through:

  1. Increased competence in a major field in Nursing;
  2. Increased understanding of theories, research principles, methodologies and their application, and utilization of research findings to develop and improve nursing practice;
  3. Critical thinking about current problems and issues affecting the Nursing profession and the health care delivery system;
  4. Greater insight into self and others as fully functioning individuals;
  5. Broader understanding of a related discipline as further base for specialization in nursing;
  6. Innovative measures in the delivery of health care services; and;
  7. Independent nursing practice.

Program of Study

The M.A. (Nursing) degree requires completion of 36 units, 30 units of which are credited to academic courses and 6 units for the thesis. Except for N-241, N-242 and N-243 and some cognates, academic courses generally carry a 3-unit load. The fulltime student enrolls in 12 units of academic work per semester and is given a maximum of 5 years within which to finish all 36 units of academics and the thesis, including passing the comprehensive examination.


PhD in Nursing. The Ph.D. (Nursing) degree was first instituted on September 27, 1979. The latest curricular revisions were approved by the UP Board of Regents on February 1, 1995.

The main purpose of the program leading to the Ph.D. (Nursing) is to strengthen and deepen the intellectual and scholastic capability of graduate nurses in order to enhance the theory and science-based practice of the profession.

Program of Study
Completion of forty-eight (48 units) is required by the program. Thirty-six (36 units) are credited to academic courses and twelve (12 units) for the dissertation. A full-time doctoral student enrolls in 12 units of academic work per semester.


Contact Information:

College of Nursing  
University of the Philippines 
Sotejo Hall, Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila
Contact us: Telephone Number +63-02-523-1472/523-1494