Brief History of the Graduate School and the MAN Program

Lorma Colleges began in 1970 as the Lorma School of Nursing. It is a family corporation founded by the late Dr. Rufino N. Macagba Sr. and his wife Dr. Crispina Lorenzana Macagba. Lorma is coined from Lorenzana and Macagba. The leadership of the Lorma School of Nursing was started by Dr. Rufino L. Macagba, Jr. from 1970 to 1974. He was also the Lorma Hospital Director from 1960 to 1974. It is the dream of the founders to produce nursing graduates imbued with professional skills, Christian values and leadership potential.

Since then, Lorma School of Nursing grew to what we now know as Lorma Colleges which composes a group of 12 schools and colleges and more with over 4,000 students. Today, hundreds of Lorma graduates serve as nursing professionals and other paramedical as well as non paramedical professionals around the world — in the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and other countries.

It was because of the national/community and even international need of more professional nurses that top management initiated the venture into graduate education. In 1995 the Graduate School was opened with Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) as its first program offered. The government recognition with no. 057 was granted in 1997. Lorma is the first in La Union to offer this program. It started with 34 students who were the faculty members of the College of Nursing. The enrollment had increased every semester catering to faculty members of nursing schools, chief nurses, supervisors, and staff nurses of the private as well as the government hospitals in La union, in region 1 and other regions, the Cordilleras, and even Mt. Provinces.

It started with three graduates and now to more than 70 professional nurses who are currently occupying managerial positions after they graduated. Employment is both in the Colleges of Nursing as well as hospitals here and abroad like the USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East and others serving as nursing professionals and other paramedic related careers.

In 2002 another Graduate Program the Master of Science in Information Technology was opened Second semester of School Year 2002-2003 but didn’t last long. Hence, only the MAN program exists in the Graduate School.

In order to strengthen the quality of education, the graduate school also submitted the Master of Arts in Nursing program for accreditation under the ACSCU-AAI. The record is as follows:

Date of Visit Level of Accreditation Period Covered Valid until
January 24-28, 2011 Level 2 – re-accre 3 years April 2014
January 14-19, 2008 Level 2 – initial accre 3 years April 2008
February 21-25, 2005 Formal Survey
March 12-15, 2003 Level 1

Listed are the Directors who are the “Pillars and Builders” of Lorma Colleges:
1970-1974 – Dr. Rufino L. Macagba, Jr. (Director)
1974-1976 – Dr. Juan V. Komiya (Director)+
1976-1977 – Mr. Florent Sals (Director)+
1977-1978 – Dr. Florence M. Tadiar (President)
1978-1979 – Mr. Jovencio J. Dumlao (Director)+
1979-1980 – Dr. Florence M. Tadiar (President)
1980-1994 – Rev. Salik C. Sinkiat (Director)+
1994-1998 – Dr. Geoffrey S. Tilan (Director)
1998-1999 – Mr. Jose P. Mainggang (Chair, MANCOM)

Mrs. Amelia N. Alcantara
Mrs. Pacita G. Apilado
Ms. Diadema B. Lamadrid
Mrs. Flordelina Rivera

1999-2001 – Mr. Jose P. Mainggang (Acting Director)
2001-present – Dr. Jose P. Mainggang (Executive Director)

The Deans/MAN coordinators who managed the Lorma Colleges Graduate School:

1995-1998 – Dr. Filemon L. Lagon+

1998-1999 – Dr. Placido B. Abuan
Mrs. Cecilia B. Cezar (coordinator)

1999-2001 – Dr. Rogelio A. Espiritu
Mrs. Cecilia B. Cezar (coordinator –until 2000)

2001-2006 – Dr. Diadema B. Lamadrid
Dr. Pacita G. Apilado (coordinator – from 2000-06)

2006-Present – Dr. Pacita G. Apilado
Dr. Pacita G. Apilado (concurrent MAN coordinator 2006-2010)
Mrs. Concepcion G. Bautista (2010 – Present)

The MAN program of the Graduate School’s enrollment and graduate record for the past 3 years and the current year is as follows:

2009-2010 337 8
2010-2011 241 8
2011-2012 195 12
2012-2013 147 10
2013-2014 88

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