It all started with the vision of the Yaman Lahi Foundation, Inc. having Dr. Paulo Campos as its President. When the General Emilio Aguinaldo College (GEAC) Cavite was established on July 18, 1977, the College of Nursing and Midwifery was one of the colleges under the Division of Health Sciences. This division then, was initially comprised of six faculty members with one dean for the nursing and a principal for the midwifery.
The year 1979 marked a milestone for the college as the first graduates for the General Nursing (GN) Curriculum comprising of four sections marched their way to success. And in 1981, two sections of the BSN Curriculum received their diploma for the BSN Degree. It was 1983 when the leadership of the nursing and midwifery courses were merged into one, having the dean of the college of nursing also functioning as the principal for midwifery.
The College of Nursing was running smoothly having good nursing educators until dramatic changes occurred with the transfer of management and ownership to Frere (Saint) Benilde Romancon Educational Foundation in 1987. The college became a witness to these changes. Since it became a Catholic institution, the college was headed by a Catholic nun and it envisioned to mold the students the Catholic way, although students belonging to varied religious sects were also accepted but they have to conform to the demands of a catholic institution. Hence, the vision – to develop competent, committed, compassionate and Christian nurses.
Prestige has been attached to the new name De La Salle University-Emilio Aguinaldo College (DLSU-EAC), as the enrolment has boomed, in time with the demands of nurses abroad as soon as the start of the 1990s. It kept increasing yearly. But to keep with the tradition of excellence going, qualifying exams are given and students are screened from the initial eight sections in the first year until a handful four sections who make it until graduation. Likewise, the number of faculty members has greatly increased to meet the demands of the increasing number of students and considering that these nursing educators has to be updated in terms of knowledge and skills, the faculty members’ enthusiasm to pursue graduate studies has been evident by their enrolment in the graduate school program.
The university leadership was transferred from one administrator to another. The name, too, has been amended from DLSU-EAC to DLSU-Aguinaldo until finally the university assumed the name DLSU-Dasmariñas.
In 1997 when Bro. Andrew was re-elected his second term as President, he had a long term plan concentrating the health sciences related courses in one campus. They were eyeing then the DLSUMC to be the campus for the health sciences. The College of Physical Therapy first transferred to the College of Medicine, Consequently, the campus was renamed Health Sciences Campus, now the Health Sciences Institute. And in 2000, the College of Nursing and Midwifery and the College of Radiologic Technology eventually joined the Health Sciences Campus.
The College of Nursing has also been a witness to the ups and downs of the nursing profession. The end of the 1990s has brought closure to some nursing schools but DLSHSI College of Nursing has been able to maintain at least one section of students who have surpassed the battery tests given and the challenges posed. In other words, it has stand firm and strong with the ideals of the nursing profession.
Through the years, the college has maintained its high standard of nursing education as evident by the results of the national board exams. In 1998, the college has been recognized as the 6th top performing schools by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). In batch 2001, one of the graduates successfully made it to number 3 in the National Nurse Licensure Exam. As years passed by, the DLSHSI College of Nursing continues to provide pride to the institution by consistently being included in the top performing schools and having students topping the National Nurse Licensure Exam. In the recently concluded NLE 2015, the college ranked 2nd among the top performing schools with top notched graduates who ranked 7th and 10th place.
With the increasing job opportunities here and abroad, the college is now preparing to meet the demands of increasing enrolment, while maintaining its tradition of excellence. This is addressed by adopting quality and effective instruction carried out by the competent faculty members. Now it aims to develop not only competent, compassionate and Christian nurses but globally-comparable as well.