VISION

The School of Health and Natural Sciences of Saint Mary’s University, envisions to become a leading health care educational institution that aims to produced globally competent health care professionals, and a science resource center that will develop excellent, innovative Christian Science experts who can transform lives through its mission.

MISSION

The School of Health & Natural Sciences aims to produce professionally prepared health care providers and professionals in various areas of natural sciences who are imbued with the Christian spirit of service, social insight and commitment, and humanitarian dedication.

OBJECTIVES

The School of Health and Natural Sciences aims to:

  1. prepare the young person for the humane and effective practice of health care in various settings by proper understanding of the principles and methods of modern scientific health services;
  2. prepare professionals who can conduct significant researches in the field of health care and natural sciences. 
  3. prepare professionals who may enroll for further studies in Medicine and other allied health science degree programs. 
  4. provide enough opportunities for active involvement in various programs in the health care and natural sciences and for actual practice in real situations and field work;
  5. provide the students with the broadest possible background of cultural and professional knowledge thus equipping them with the discipline and skills needed;
  6. inculcate Christian values necessary for the students to live a wholesome and productive life as professionals and as individuals.




HISTORY

The School of Health and Natural Sciences was the result of a restructuring of the eight schools in the University based on allied disciplines in School Year 2016-2017. The Center for Natural Sciences which was then under the School of Arts and Sciences was merged with the School of Health Sciences School which was then comprised of the Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science departments. 

Tracing history, a permit authorizing Saint Mary’s University to operate the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Commission of the Higher Education (CHED) on June 14, 1994. The formal admission of the students to the BSN program was during the school year 1995-1996 which recorded 18 enrollees. The pioneer nursing students held their Related Learning Experience (RLE) activities in the Nursing Skills Laboratory.  The first capping and Candlelight Ceremony was held on December 16, 1996 at the University Gymnasium. Mrs. Gerodita T. Moscoso, Chief Nurse of the Veterans Regional Hospital (VRH), was the first Officer-in-charge of the College of Nursing, and the pioneer faculty members were Mrs. Anita Mondala, Mrs. Monalisa A. Gaw, and Dr. Antonio Parong. 

On September 28, 1998, the CHED granted government recognition to the College of Nursing to offer the four levels of the BSN program with Mrs. Monalisa A. Gaw as the Academic Dean. The 12 Pioneer BS Nursing graduates marched during the commencement exercise held in March 1999. As proof of excellent training in the college of Nursing, the first batch of graduates had a 100% passing rate in the Nurse Licensure Examination.

The school year 1998-1999 led to the organization of several clubs in the College of Nursing, which honed leadership skills and foster values among the students. These student organizations include the Marian Student Nurses Council (MSNC), the Music Ministry, and the Red Cross Youth Organization (RCYO). A notable accomplishment of the College during this time was the recognition of Saint Mary’s University as one of the schools that implement the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) and Violence Against Women (VAW) programs of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Also, Marviel Flose Florenza, a BSN-4 student, was sent to Thailand to represent the Filipino youth.

Implementing the competency-based and community-oriented curriculum of the BSN program, nursing students undergo Related Learning Experience (RLE) activities in hospitals and selected communities. The semestral hospital exposure of the students is conducted at the Veterans Regional Hospital (VRH) in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in Bambang, Governor Faustino Dy Memorial Hospital in Ilagan, Isabela and Medical Mission Group Hospital (MMG) in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. Summer affiliations of the third-year students are conducted at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) in Baguio City. Starting summer of 2001, the nursing students were affiliated in tertiary specialty hospitals in Manila namely, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC), San Lazaro Hospital (SLH), National Orthopedic Center (NOC), National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) and San Juan De Dios Hospital (SJDH). Community exposures are conducted at the Rural Health Units (RHUs) of Solano and Quezon, remote Barangay Health Stations (BHS), and several other communities.

To enhance the community experience of the students and to improve the community extension services offered by the College of Nursing, Mrs. Gay Marie Cabrera was granted a one-year scholarship grant at Saint Paul University, Philippines. Upon completion of her Master of Science in Nursing, major in Primary Health Care in March 1999, the College implemented the three-year development plan for community extension services at Barangay Casat, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

In March 1999, the College of Nursing was included as a member of the Provincial Health Board and has since been represented in the monthly meeting of the said board, including its programs and activities in the province. Indeed, the College of Nursing, although still considered as one among the young colleges in the university, has gone a long way towards the attainment of its goal. This was manifested in the launching of the SMU-Center for Rehabilitation and Alternative Health Care (CRAHC) which was inaugurated on February 29, 2000, by no less than the then Undersecretary of the Department of Health (DOH), Hon. Milagros Fernandez. The Center aims to provide an excellent resources center for future health care professionals and serves as an avenue for the physical therapy rehabilitation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the province of Nueva Vizcaya and other nearby provinces.

In view of the creation of the SMU – CRAHC, the University applied to offer a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) program to the students who shall be completing the first 2 years under the Association in Science Education (AHSE) curriculum, which was implemented in the year 1999-2000. The AHSE curriculum is a two-year curriculum offered to freshman students who intend to take up health-related courses. In 2000, the Government Recognition of the university to offer the above-mentioned programs was approved on the SY 2000-2001.

The same school year brought about another wave of several significant changes and innovations in the college. The College of Nursing was changed to College of Health Science effective June 2000. The appointed Dean during that time was Jhordin James C. Montegrico. He provided an opportunity to the faculty and conceptualized the offering of the Master of Science in Nursing in June 2001, Major in Adult Health Nursing. This benefitted not only the faculty but also other graduate nurses in the province who would want to pursue their graduate studies.

Aimed at strengthening the academic programs of the college, several programs were conceptualized, proposed, and implemented, all of which aimed to enhance the competency of the graduates on a globally competitive level. One of the programs approved by the CHED was a course offering on Graduate in Midwifery on November 25, 2004, and has been the Top 1 Midwifery School in the Philippines in the year 2006.

With the repacking of the AHSE curriculum, global demand for nurses and successful performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination, the School of Health Sciences had significantly increased its enrollees. In the School year 2009-2010, a competency-based curriculum (CMO 14. S.2009) was implemented and the SMU-School of Health Sciences was born, being the first School of Nursing who implemented the new curriculum in the province. Re-packaging of the program during the SY 2013-2014 was implemented, embedding TVET courses such as Health Care Services NC II, Barangay Health Services NC II, Caregiving NC II, and Massage Therapy NC II within the program. In April 2013, Dean Magdalena A. Juan was appointed replacing Dean Hazel Valmores.

For extension, the Infant Jesus Mobile Clinic was launched on August 29, 2014, a flagship extension program of the SMU-SHS. In 2015, the Community Extension Service Center (CESP) adopted Sitio Hukhukyung, Barangay Labang, Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya as its community for its outreach activities. On January 29, 2015, the School of Health Sciences was accredited Level I by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). 

Because of the demand for other disciplines and allied courses in the province and in the region, two (2) new degree programs were offered during the time of Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta Ana, CICM, University president. These are the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (BMLS) and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) which opened in the first semester of SY  2012 – 2013. The first BMLS graduates garnered a 100% passing rate and 71. 43% for BSP in the year 2016. The Government Recognition of the university to offer the above-mentioned programs was approved on January 24, 2017. 

Over the years, the School of Health Sciences was able to maintain its excellent standing in the national and regional arena. A 100% licensure exam passing rates were garnered by the BSN (2001), BMLS (2016), and BSP (2018). Based on the December 2011 NLE result, the school was recognized as Top 8 and December 2012 as Top 10 Nursing School in the country. The school consistently produced also National and Regional topnotchers. To name a few: Romazielle Romero-Top 17 (December 2001), James Baguio–Top 10 (November 2008), Teena Marie Pascua–Top 8 (December 2010), Jhomae F. Castillo–Top 4 (December 2011), Cheyserr T. Zingapan – Top 8 (December 2011), Patrick Jose A. David – Top 8 (December 2011), Kaitleen T. Garingo–Top 10 (December 2012), and Alfa Cresia N. Nilo- Top 2 (December 2012). The following year, in December 2013, SMU-SHS ranked Top 8 Nursing school in the Philippines and recorded five national topnotchers namely Hannah Philene D. Calub-Top 5, Herson P. Ramirez-Top 7, Hajie B. Mariano-Top 8, Howel F. Cristobal & Chariza Mae P. Santos- Top 10. In the year 2014, SMU ranked as Top 8 Nursing School in the Philippines with two topnotchers. Elaine Laureta-Top 3 (November 2014) and Hannah C. Lacuanan-Top 9 (November 2014). The 4th batch of BSMLS graduates produced the Top 9 National Board Topnotcher in the person of Giles D. Dumangeng (March 2021).

Because of the implementation of the K-12 program, a restructuring of the eight schools in the university was done by merging the allied disciplines from the schools during the school year 2016-2017. The Center for Natural Sciences (CNS), from the School of Arts and Sciences, handling the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, was merged with the School of Health Sciences. The Director of the CNS during this time was Dr. Arlene L. Tabaquero. This led to the new name, School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHaNS). Under the new school name, Mrs. Magdalena A Juan (SY 2016-2017), Mrs. Rosalie C. Carreon (June 2017- May 2020), and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion (June-July 2020) acted as Officers-in-charge for the school respectively. Being the SHANS OICs, Mrs. Juan and Mrs. Carreon also served as deans of Nursing.  The first appointed Dean of the SHANS is Dr. Arlene L. Tabaquero who took over the responsibility in August 2020 and is serving the school up to the present. 

The following were the Academic Deans and Officers-in-charge who served the SHANS: 

  • Mrs. Gerodita T. Moscoso, RN, MSN
    Dean, June 1995-May 1998
    Dean, March 2008-May 2008
  • Mrs. Monaliza A. Gaw, RN, MSN, USRN
    Dean, June 1998-May 2000
  • Mrs. Anita C. Mondala, RN, MSN, USRN
    Dean, June 2002-February 2008
  • Dr. Jhordin James C. Montegrico, RN, MSN, USRN
    Dean, June 2000-May 2002
    Dean, June 2008-May 2010
  • Mrs. Mildred C. Marilao, RN, RM, MSN, USRN
    Dean, June 2010-December 2012
  • Mrs. Hazel M./ Valmores, RN, MSN
    OIC Dean, January 2013-March 2013
  • Mrs. Magdalena A. Juan, RN, MSN
    Dean of Nursing/ OIC-SHaNS, April 2013-May 2017
  • Mrs. Rosalie C. Carreon, RN, MSN
    Dean of Nursing/ OIC-SHaNS, June 2017-May 2020
  • Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion
    OIC-SHaNS, June 2020-July 2020
  • Dr. Arlene L. Tabaquero
    Dean of SHaNS, August 2020-PRESENT

PROGRAMS OFFERED

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (Level II)
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY (Level III)
    Majors: Microbiology, Medical Biology, Ecology
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHARMACY
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
    *PAASCU Accreditation

Contact person and details:

ARLENE L. TABAQUERO

Dean, School of Health & Natural Sciences
CP No.: (+63) 936-286-7269/ (+63) 961-870-8198

LIST OF PERSONNEL

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS OF THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND NATURAL SCIENCES

1

TABAQUERO, ARLENE L. 

Academic Dean

2

MEDULA, CESAR T. JR. 

CNS Director

3

BAUTISTA, MELCHORA M.

Department Head, Pharmacy

4

QUIBEN, ELERY MICHELLE C.

Department Head, Nursing

5

RAMOS, MARIA SHIELA M.

Department Head, Medical Lab. Sci.

6

MARZAN, LEYCEL F.

Clinical Coordinator, Nursing

7

TAROMA, JOAN B.

Health Sector Coordinator, ETVAO

8

MARIANO, CATHELYN C.

Research Coordinator

STAFF OF THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND NATURAL SCIENCES

1

ZIPAGAN, JOAN T. 

Secretary

2

ALMENDRAL, REGIDOR L. 

CNS Laboratory Personnel

3

CADOY, MICHAEL RYAN A.

CNS Laboratory Personnel

4

DINAMLING, JARYL KATE T.

CNS Laboratory Personnel

5

ERANA, GABRIELLE CHRISTOPH E.

CNS Laboratory Personnel

6

GUILLERMO, KRISTINE VALERIE V.

CNS Laboratory Personnel

7

TARANGCO. RAFAEL G. 

CNS Laboratory Personnel

8

VILLANUEVA, HANSON T.

CNS Laboratory Personnel

FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND NATURAL SCIENCES

1

ABAN, LORNA C.

30

FERRERAS, GERALDINE Y.(SL)

2

ACERET, ROBERT S.

31

FLORES, ZAREX A.

3

ALEJO, KRISTINE G.

32

GANIBAN, ANTONETTE A.

4

ANDRADA, FERNANDO P. II (SL) 

33

GARCIA, ROLITA GRACE A. (SL)

5

ANTONIO, CESAR C.

34

GONZALES, EMELITO C.

6

ANTONIO, GLORIA VICKY A.

35

GUERRERO, MOLLY AIVON A.

7

ARIZALA, JOSEPHINE T.

36

JONTILANO, MARY ROSE C.(SL)

8

ARQUERO, DESIREE JOY B.

37

JUAN, MAGDALENA A. (GL)

9

ARQUERO, ZIA NICOLE M.

38

LABANGCOC, MARISSA LYN A.

10

ASERON, MARY ANTOINETTE B.

39

MACARAEG, BLADEMARY

11

BALITON, JOMAN J. (SL)

40

MANUEL, MARTIN GABRIEL T.

12

BARROGA, OLIVAR REIMOS D.

41

MARCOS, JACQUI G.

13

BARSICULA, SHIELLAH MAE T.

42

MARIANO, CATHELYN C.

14

BAUTISTA, MELCHORA M.

43

MARZAN, LEYCEL F.

15

BELEN, VERONICA PAULINE R.

44

MASLANG, JASON ARNOLD L.

16

BENIG, SHERYLOU A. (SL)

45

MATEO, AMELIA C. (GL)

17

BINWAG, KIMBERLY

46

MEDULA, CESAR T.

18

BOTOR, ANNE MARGARET C.

47

NARCISO, BRENT JERICKO P.

19

CALIMLIM, CINDY MAY L.

48

ORPIANO, ANABELLE A.

20

CALLANG, PETER TOM A. (SL)

49

QUIBEN, ELERY MICHELLE C.

21

CALLEJO, MARY JEAN P. (GL)

50

QUIBUYEN, CZERILOU MARIE L.

22

CAMACHO, JENIFER C.

51

RAMOS, MARIA SHIELA M.

23

CARREON, ROSALIE C. (GL)

52

TABAQUERO, ARLENE L.

24

CREDO, JEZEREL C.

53

TAROMA, JOAN B.

25

CUNANAN, MARIE JANE T. (SL)

54

TOMINEZ, MAYER

26

DE PONA, MARIE CURIE O.

55

UY, RHODORA B.

27

DELOS REYES, THELMA D.

56

VILLANUEVA, IRENE DONITA D.

28

DUMALE, RONNIE C.

57

WANCE, MARIA VICTORIA B. 

29

FABIAN, JAKE N.

  
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