Graduate School


The Graduate School offers MA in Nursing.


The Lorma Colleges Graduate School envisions to form the scholar, researcher and practitioner a well prepared Christian and mature citizen who is responsive to the demands of his specialized training in order to contribute to the progress of his country and his chosen profession.


To provide quality Christian education relevant to the knowledge and skills needed by graduate students particularly in research, leadership and community service.

Admission Policies:
Enrollment Requirements & Procedures:

  1. To prepare individuals for managerial position in Nursing and Information Technology education, administration, business and industry.
  2. To provide high degree of competence in Nursing Administration, Medical Surgical Nursing, Community Health, Psychiatric Nursing and Information Technology.
  3. To foster the attitude of researcher and promote research-oriented endeavours.
  4. To inculcate and sustain the spirit of community service.
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 0f 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 80 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.

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 lead 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)

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
Invited to apply for Level 3 (January 2015) Elevation of Level status to Level 3 5 years May 2019
January 13-17, 2014 Level 2 – re-accredited 5 years May 2019
January 24 – 28, 2011 Level 2 – re-accredited 3 years April 2014
January 14 – 19, 2008 Level 2 – initial accredited 3 years April 2008
February 21-25, 2005 Formal Survey
March 12-15, 2003 Level 1

The MAN program of the Graduate School’s enrollment past 3 years and total graduates is as follows:

School Year Enrollment
2011-2012 195
2012-2013 147
2013-2014 88
2014-2015 104
School Year Graduates School Year Graduates
1997-1998 3 2006-2007 2
1998-1999 2007-2008
1999-2000 4 2008-2009 2
2000-2001 6 2009-2010 13
2001-2002 1 2010-2011 9
2002-2003 3 2011-2012 8
2003-2004 2012-2013 12
2004-2005 3 2013-2014 4
2005-2006 10 2014-2015 1
Total as of 2015 81
Master of Arts in Nursing (M.A.N.) Program

Background of the Program

The Master of Arts in Nursing Program is designed to address to develop nursing leaders, administrator and instructors who are well- prepared Christian and mature graduates who are fully responsive to the demands of their specialization in order to contribute to the progress of their community and the nursing profession.

The graduate program will assist in meeting the present and future demands for well-prepared professional nurses bringing the masters level in our regional area and beyond with our online/modular modes.

MAN Program Goal/Objectives

The main goal of the M.A.N. program is to prepare nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for building, as well as expanding their generalists preparation through leadership roles.

The MAN program seeks to:

  1. To appraise self growth and development through activities to enhance personal and professional qualifications contributing to their field of specialization and to the betterment of those they serve.
  2. To develop proficiency and effectiveness in a major field in nursing.
  3. To enhance their critical thinking regarding current problems and issues affecting the nursing profession, health care delivery, and the community they serve.
  4. To develop innovative measures in health care delivery services. and
  5. To enhance their skills on independent nursing practice.

Click here to download the Curriculum.

Online Hybrid Program – DRAFT

Lorma Colleges is the most accomplished institution for paramedical education in Region 1. 1970 marks the year when Lorma opened its doors for Nursing education. Today, 41 years later, Lorma continues to break new grounds by offering the first-ever online course for Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN).

Lorma Colleges is the first institution in the region to revolutionize education with its introduction of online learning programs. As early as 1999, Lorma students have been exposed to this proven and effective method of learning.

Lorma Online Courses empowers you with the time-saving option to earn your MAN degree with very minimal attendance to classes or travelling to and from the campus. Online learning allows you to be anywhere in the world and still be able to participate in classroom activities during your most convenient time.

A Lorma M.A.N. Degree allows current health professionals to assume:

  • Leadership roles in Health Care Industries anywhere in the world.
  • Educator roles in Service and Educational Institutions.
  • Research Roles in the generation and utilization of Nursing knowledge.
  • Further study at the Doctoral level.
  • In addition, with a Lorma M.A.N. degree, you can significantly boost employability anywhere in the world.

Keeping in mind the busy schedule of health professionals, Lorma provides an option to earn your MAN degree without attending classes or travelling to and from the campus.

Through the internet, you can be anywhere in the world and still be able to “attend classes” at whatever time is convenient for you.

The Lorma Colleges Online Learning Center is the technical backbone of the MAN Online Program. A Course Management System is in place to allow for the speedy delivery and retrieval of learning resources such as lectures, assignments, and reading supplements thru the internet. Interactive research study and hands-on tutorials are available as well. A Learner Support Service system is in position to provide assistance should the student encounter difficulties in accessing learning resources

Lorma Online Features:

  • An intuitive and easy-to-use web-based course system is at the center of the Online learning experience.
  • This revolutionary interactive system allows for complete delivery of learning resources such as lectures, assignments, discussions and assessments through the Internet.
  • Interactive research study and hands-on tutorials are available as well.
  • Personalized student support service is included to assist the online student throughout the course.
  • Students are only required to appear in campus three times during the semester for orientation, mid-term exams, and final exams.

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