Quote from sinus.rhythm
I am a Thomasian, ofcourse i will be a bit biased about UST as the best nursing school in the Phil, but if your looking for a good nursing school there, here are the list that the school hould have (Im a previous Clinical Instructor at one of Nursing school in Mendiola, so i have a broad knowledge how does a nursing school works):
1. The should have their own hospital (Its hard for the school if they don't have their own hospital. They accept nursing schools in their hospital only if the school pays a lot of money, in the end.. its the parents who suffer ...
2. The school should be at least have a credible/consistent tract record in their board passers. Try researching it in the PRC website.. You can see their tract record for 5 years or more.
3. The school should be atleast 10 years old... So you'll know it is well established already. ...their curriculum changes almost every semester.
4. try to find out their student:teacher ratio and their student:CI ratio. In UST, we have 35 students to one teacher and 11 students to one CI.
There you go..
UST grad eh? cool. Not a UST grad here. But I agree with a lot of your comments. However, we should also realize that although UST and UP, for example, are both associated with well-respected tertiary hospitals, some nursing programs that do not have a hospital under the school's ownership have an exclusive affiliation with a single hospital that is considered their base hospital. With that said, I agree with your comment that the cost of tuition will be more expensive in schools of this type because the fees for the affiliation will likely be added to the total tuition.
I also think that not all nursing schools that "own" a hospital are necessarily good just because they "own" the hospital. Some of the hospitals that are associated with specific nursing schools do not offer a wide range of hospital services. Many do not even have a large enough patient census to support sufficient exposure for their own nursing students to learn every patient case or care scenario.
Finally, because nursing is such a broad field that encompasses many different specialties and roles, it is inevitable for a nursing school to not affiliate with many hospitals and community-based centers. That is why majority of schools, even UST and UP, affiliate with other specialty hospitals in Metro Manila as well.