Founded and formally inaugurated during the 19th anniversary celebration of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) in 1975 and first known as the MDH School of Nursing, the Manila Doctors College was originally located at the fourth floor of the MDH along United Nations Avenue. Some of its founding members include Dr. Ambrosio Tangco, Dr. Gonzalo F. Austria, Dr. Fidel Estrada, Dr. Jose Villanueva and other members of the Board of Directors of the Hospital. Among the pioneers who charted its initial direction was Mrs. Cristeta T. Patajo, the first principal, and her assistant Mrs. Velma Iñigo.
Initially offering a three-year graduate nursing course, the first batch of 154 freshmen qualified from about 500 applicants. Out of this number, 130 qualified for the sophomore year. In 1978, the first batch of the School’s selective retention policy took the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE), in which one of the graduates landed in 8th place. In the same year, a permit was granted to offer the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the four-year Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts by the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS). The School marked a major milestone in its history when the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. acquired control of the Manila Medical Services, Inc. in February 1979. With the takeover, a new set of hospital directors was elected, headed by Dr. George S.K. Ty as Chairman and Mr. Edgardo Espiritu as President. The School, as a result, saw prompt expansion and development. A new, three-storey facility was constructed to house more classrooms, laboratories and administrative offices at MDH.
On February 14, 1980, the status College was granted as a reflection of its varied course offerings, which included BS in Nursing, now under the College of Nursing, as well as BS in Psychology and BS in Zoology, now under the College of Arts and Sciences. The latter also offered 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 nursing schools in terms of passing percentage in the NLE for 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 October 1993, the Manila Doctors College was registered as a non-stock corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Two years later, the Nursing program was accorded Level I Accreditation by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines by virtue of the authority granted by the then DECS, having satisfactorily met the standards of the Philippine Accrediting Association of School, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).
In December 1998, the PRC recognized the College as 10th among nursing schools nationwide. In addition, the College proved the quality of its graduates when it ranked 20th in a report published by the PRC based on the board performance of 95 nursing schools in the Philippines with 100-999 examinees during a five-year period covering 1994-1998, garnering an average passing rate of 90%.
The PAASCU conducted a second consultancy visit in 1999, during which the College administration was particularly cited for its support for the acquisition of master’s degree by the faculty. In April 2002, the College formally earned a Level II Accreditation.
The beginnings of a boom in nursing education forced the College to plan for an expansion. As a newly organized management prepared for the influx of students, efforts were conscientiously taken to maintain the quality of education. As enrollment steadily grew, the College adhered to academic standards imposed by both private accrediting bodies and concerned government agencies. As a result, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted full Deregulated Status to the College in October 2003, in the midst of the implementation of institutional expansion and curricular enhancement activities.
In 2004, the College inaugurated its new campus along President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City, in response to a continuing increase in enrollment. A year later the Doña TyTana Tower was built. The new seven-storey facility was inaugurated during the College’s 30th anniversary celebration.
Aside from addressing a worldwide surge in demand for nurses, the new campus embodies the College’s objective to help promote quality education in the profession. With modern laboratories and a full range of other facilities, the spacious, Mediterranean-inspired campus provides a most conducive atmosphere for learning.
For more than three decades, the Manila Doctors College has been carrying on a tradition of academic excellence, establishing it as one of the country’s leading nursing education institutions. Over the years, the College has adopted new techniques and approaches in instruction to enhance teaching-learning effectiveness. The excellent work of its competent and highly qualified corps of teachers, coupled with the advantage in clinical training offered by the Manila Doctors Hospital as the College’s base hospital, once more came to the fore when the graduates of Class 2006 placed 5th and 8th in the NLE. 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% passing rate in the NLE, with three of its graduates placing in the top 10. In June 2008, MDC ranked 1st nationwide among schools with more than 500 examinees, with its 85% passing rate. Again, another alumna placed in the top 10. And in 2009, based on a study conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), MDC placed 3rd in NCR and 11th nationwide among nursing schools based on a five-year board performance. In 2010, CHED ranked MDC 3rd among nursing schools with more than 1000 examinees based on the performance in the 2009 NLE.
Having carved its niche in the nursing education sector, MDC now positions itself as a provider of high quality education in the Philippines. In addition to nursing, MDC also offers Psychology and certificate course in caregiving, short courses in foreign language and culinary arts. It continues to offer new academic programs like the BS in Holistic Nutrition with Culinary Arts in 2008, the first of its kind in the Philippines and BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (2009), and BS Information Technology (2010).