College of Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is designed to make nursing education relevant to the national development goals and to prepare students for a profession that serves as a vital component in the country’s health system.  In accordance with the Policies and Standards of Nursing Education, 1984, the curriculum aims to produce a fully functioning nurse.  The graduate must be one who has: (1) developed a sensitive awareness of the health needs of society as well as a commitment to the alleviation of accompanying problems that arises therefrom; (2) acquired the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, restoration of health and alleviation of suffering; and (3) developed a research attitude through the use of the nursing process.  Such attitude among others lead to the utilization of research findings.


In addition to the aims of the revised BSN Curriculum, the Silliman University College of Nursing (SUCN) upholds the University’s mission to facilitate the highest quality Christian education (SU Mission Statement, December 6, 1986).  The SUCN philosophy states: “ the Person is a unified whole, a responsive member of a family, community and the world who  continually contributes to the improvement of the quality of life and environmental well-being within his life span.  Nursing is  a caring discipline which assists the PERSON in coping with his needs and problems.  Utilizing the nursing process, this is achieved by independent practice in collaboration with other disciplines which aim at promoting and restoring health, preventing illness and alleviating human suffering.  the Environment covers those tangible and intangible conditions that influence the person’s quality of life.  Health is the dynamic process of becoming the person one wants to be while upholding the ideals of Christian faith across one’s life span.  Nursing Education is a wholistic discipline that facilitates the Person’s acquisition of attitudes, knowledge, and skills towards professional nursing practice and a Christian quality of life. The Practitioner in Nursing is one who has acquired attitudes, knowledge, and skills in order to continually respond constructively to the changing needs of the profession, the health care delivery system and society.           


The earlier stated general aims, SU mission statement, and SUCN philosophy find concrete translation in all aspects of the educative process.  Policies, level objectives, course offerings and their sequence, teaching-learning strategies, interpersonal relationships, co-curricular activities, evaluation methods and others are all in harmony toward accomplishing the Silliman University mission.  The attainment of Level III accreditation by the PAASCU, the consistent record of 100% passing average in the national board examinations with 108 topnotchers since 1951, the excellent performance of alumni here and abroad are evidence of the quality education that the College has maintained since it was first established in 1947.


The baccalaureate program is aimed at developing students to become well-balanced and well-adjusted professionals who are sensitive to the needs of the community, country and the world.  It is also aimed at preparing them for effective and personally satisfying service as a nurse generalist and providing them with a foundation for graduate study.


The College’s facilities include an academic building which houses classrooms and offices, laboratories, a Mini-CSR and a women’s dormitory (the Ethel Chapman Dormitory).  The College also avails of facilities of several hospitals and agencies for the clinical practice of students.


Students learn to apply theories and principles in nursing at the Silliman University Medical Center and the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.  For practice in rural and community health nursing, they serve at nearby rural health units and at the Dumaguete City Health Department.  In addition, the College avails of the facilities of the IPHO Psychiatric  Extension Ward for psychiatric nursing experience, the Looc Elementary School, Cantil-e Elementary School and the S.U. Elementary School for school nursing.


Starting as a 4-year nursing program under the College of Arts and Sciences with Ms. Letty Wood as Dean, the Silliman University College of Nursing (SUCN) was established in 1947 by an American Missionary, Mrs. Paul Smith (nee Mary Marquez). Miss Ma. Concepcion M. Roble was the first Filipino dean of the college, from 1954 until her retirement in 1980

To enrich the student's professional preparation, the 5-year nursing curriculum was implemented in 1958. As mandated by the Department of Education and Culture however, the curriculum was back to its 4-year baccalaureate program in 1976 --- with revision in 1984 during the deanship of Dr. Dalisay M. Dumalag. Today in keeping with the university's mission-vision of molding students into adaptable and responsible citizen in a changing world, the nursing student is equipped with knowledge, skills and the desirable attitudes to respond to the needs and problem of society.

In 1980, the SUCN became accredite with the Philippine Acccrediting Association of Schools, colleges and Universities (PSASCU). In recognition of its high standars for quality education, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports awarded SUCN with a deregulated status during the deanship of Dr. Maria Tersita Sy-Sinda in 1990.

Since 1951, SUCN has maintained its standard of a 100% passing record in the Nursing Board Examinations except for different instances at 99%. In addition many of itsgraduates top these board examinations for which the professioal regulation Commission has awarded SUCN with plaques of recognition since 1991.

In 1994, SUCN was chosen by John Hopkins International Education for Reproductive Health (JPIEGO) and the association of Deans pf Philippine Colleges of Nursing Region VII. Furthermore, SUCN became pilot college in the offering the Computer Assisted Learning (MODCAL) on Reproductive Health. Not long after, SUCN established the
Adolescent Reproductie Health Satellite Clinic to cater to Sillimanians and other schools' needs.

In 1997-1998, SUCN was recognized by the commission on Higher Education as the Center of Excellence in Nursing Education (COENE). A five year memorandum of agreement has assured SUCN of CHED financial assistance aimed at improving faculty qualifications and other projects. Most of the faculty members earned its masters degree
through their assistance.

SUCN's openess to networking and a strong sense of advocacy towards promotion of health, sparkled relevance researches and module preparation of Domestic/Family Violence for nationwide use. SY 199-2000 ushered another CHED authorized program - the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivacy and Accreditation Program towards a BSN degree.

Inded, excellence has may facets. With nursing graduates positioned un many parts of the worls, this excellence has also been attained with the steadfast support of a vast network of SUCN alumni, benefactors and friends. With the university's motto of "via veritas vita" , the dean and the faculty members are one in vision through different lenses