Nurturing a legacy of quality education…
Founded and formally inaugurated during the 19th anniversary celebration of the Manila Doctors Hospital in 1975 and first known as the MDH School of Nursing, the Manila Doctors College (MDC) was originally located at the Manila Doctors Hospital along United Nations Avenue, Manila. Some of its founding members include Dr. Ambrosio Tangco, Dr. Gonzalo F. Austria, Dr. Fidel Estrada, and Dr. Jose Villanueva. Among the pioneers who charted its initial direction was Mrs. Cristeta T. Patajo, the first principal, and assistant, Mrs. Velma IÃ±igo.
Initially offering a three-year graduate Nursing course, MDCâ€™s first batch of students was composed of 154 freshmen. In 1978, the graduates took the government board examination and one landed the 8th place. In the same year, a permit to offer the four-year B.S. in Nursing course and the four-year Liberal Arts was granted by the Department of Education.
In 1979, the Metrobank Foundation acquired control of the Manila Medical Services, Inc. and with this takeover, a new set of hospital directors was elected, headed by Dr. George S. K. Ty as chairman, and Edgardo Espiritu as president. The College thus saw expansion and development with a new, three-storey facility constructed to house more classrooms, laboratories and administrative offices.
In February 14, 1980, the status College was granted with varied course offerings, including B.S. in Nursing, now under the College of Nursing, as well as B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Zoology, now under the College of Arts and Sciences. The latter also offers a two-year certificate course in Pulmonary Therapy.
In a study conducted by the Board of Nursing of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in 1991, the College ranked 22nd out of 156 medical schools in terms of passing percentage in the Nurse Licensure Examinations during a five-year period covering 1987-1991.
The same study ranked the College 8th among 11 Class A nursing schools in the National Capital Region (NCR).
In 1995, the Nursing program was accorded Level I accreditation status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines by virtue of the authority granted by the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports, having satisfactorily met the standards and fulfilled all the requirements of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
In December 1998, the PRCâ€™s Board of Nursing recognized the College for placing 10th among nursing schools nationwide in the 1998 Licensure Examinations. In addition, the College proved the quality of its graduates and its pursuit of excellence when it ranked 20th in a report published by the PRC on the performance of 95 nursing schools in the Philippines with 100-999 examinees in the Nurse Licensure Board during a five-year period covering 1994-1998, garnering an average passing rate of 90 percent.
In April 2002, the College formally earned a Level II accreditation. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) also granted full deregulated status to the College in October 2003, followed by the inauguration of its new campus along the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.
A year later, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, a new seven-storey facility was inaugurated. With 14 state-of-the-art laboratories and a full range of other facilities, an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium and sports facilities and internet-ready library, the spacious, Mediterranean-inspired campus provides a most conducive atmosphere for learning.
The College logo symbolizes the birth of a new era in the history of MDC. The design incorporates a cross, which is commonly associated with the practice of medicine and health care. Green serves to emphasize an educational feel and appearance, even as it signifies the rejuvenating and harmonious aspects of health care practice.
Other elements amplify the Collegeâ€™s commitment to quality education, such as the block on which the cross is imposed, symbolizing a solid foundation for health care professionals. The grey area can also be interpreted as an arrow pointing upwards, which, together with the lines formed by the grey and green areas that subtly show steps going upward, signify progress that is attainable through the Collegeâ€™s world-class educational programs.
For more than three decades, MDC has been carrying on a tradition of academic excellence, establishing it as one of the countryâ€™s best nursing education institutions.
The excellent work of its competent ad highly qualified corps of professors, coupled with the advantage in clinical training offered by the Manila Doctors Hospital as the Collegeâ€™s base hospital, once more came to the fore when the graduates of Class 2006 placed 5th and 8th in the Nursing Licensure Examination. The outstanding performance of its graduates also landed the College in 5th place among nursing schools in Metro Manila, and 10th nationwide. In June 2007, MDC posted a 95 percent passing rate, with three of its graduates landing in the top 10.
In addition to nursing, MDC also offers psychology, zoology, and certificate courses in caregiving, nursing assistant program, and pulmonary therapy. It continues to develop new academic programs like the BS in Holistic Nutrition with Culinary Arts, a pioneering course for students who seek to apply nutrition principles in their culinary skills.