Do you know Our Lady Of Fatima University (OLFU)?
If you’re an aspiring medical practitioner or happen to come from Antipolo, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Quezon City, or Valenzuela City, chances are, you’re familiar with OLFU! That is because this private non-sectarian frequents the medical boards and can be found in those places. (This is the part where you say “aah!”)
Whether you’re looking for a school or just need your daily dose of trivia, read along and get to know what OLFU is all about! We’ve round up interesting numbers from the university throughout the years. G?
Established in 1973, OLFU has been around for almost five decades as one of the leading schools in the Philippines for medical sciences. What started out as a general hospital called Our Lady of Fatima Hospital has turned out to be a full-fledged teaching hospital which brings medical and healthcare service education to aspiring nurses and midwives to name a few.
PS. OLFU got its name from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima which can be found near the school’s Valenzuela Campus!
In December 2002 (just 29 years after its establishment), OLFU was granted its university status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)! Thanks to its continuous growth and presence in the Philippine education landscape, the university grew real quick by offering more curricular programs and building new infrastructures.
At present, it caters to around 45,000 students across the school system from senior high school to post-graduate studies. That’s massive!
OLFU has five campuses across Luzon, namely in Antipolo, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Quezon City, and Valenzuela City (main campus). But wait, there is more! That number is soon to be changed with a sixth campus on the rise in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. That means you have more locations to choose from if you want to be a Fatimanian!
As one of the sought-after schools in the country for healthcare education, the university boasts of its hands-on approach to train and equip students for future employment. One of OLFU’s many noteworthy feats includes having an institutional clerkship program abroad! Not to mention, it’s the first and only Philippine medical school to do so.
Through its strong linkages with international colleges and universities in Canada, China, Japan, and the USA to name a few, OLFU was able to prepare thousands of its graduates for medical and allied medical health professions, both local and abroad. They even sent over 100 medical students for training at the Brooklyn Medical Center, Peninsula Hospital, and the Jackson Park Hospital in New York City and Chicago. Talk about world-class standards!
Although OLFU primarily focuses on healthcare, the university offers a wide range of curricular programs for various disciplines. Its Valenzuela campus, which is also the school’s main branch, there are 11 colleges for undergraduates and one graduate school. It also has the most number of courses, and the only one with postgraduate offerings.
OLFU Valenzuela Colleges:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business and Accountancy
- College of Computer Studies
- College of Criminal Justice
- College of Education
- College of Hospitality and Institutional Management
- College of Maritime Education
- College of Medical Laboratory Science
- College of Nursing
- College of Physical Therapy
2 CHED Accreditations
OLFU’s consistent placing in the national licensure exams isn’t the only proof of the school’s academic competence. The Valenzuela campus is also lauded by CHED, with two of its degree programs recognized as a Center of Development and Center of Excellence in the fields of Pharmacy, and Hotel and Restaurant Management, respectively.
The university is also affiliated with reputable medical organizations such as Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET), Philippine Dental Association (PDA), and Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA).
OLFU’s history traces back to a 25-bed general hospital in 1967. After five decades, the hospital-turned-school has a 150-bed hospital on the university campus where the country’s next medical practitioners are being trained and equipped with both theoretical and practical knowledge—a trademark of OLFU education.
Located in OLFU Valenzuela’s College of Medicine, the Fatima University Medical Center gives students a “hands-on classroom” experience which includes operating medical, diagnostic, and surgical equipment that helps in preparing them for their future professions.
1 Art Gallery
After a decade of being a recognized university in the country, OLFU held its first exhibit entitled Breaking New Ground in its art gallery, Fatima University Gallery (FUG). What started out as FUG Gallery Director Robert Santos’ personal liking for art grew into a full-blown art space for students.
With masterpiece collections from multi-awarded artists such as National Artists Arturo Luz and Fernando Amorsolo, the university aims to introduce students to visual arts and educate them about our heritage and culture. Who knows? Someday, OLFU will not just be known for its medical board exam topnotchers but also for its art!
9 Varsity Teams
There’s another squad of student-athletes who bleed green and white. And it’s none other than the Fatima Phoenix! OLFU is part of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). It is an athletic association established in 2001, which OLFU joined in 2009. The school competes in nine NAASCU sports events.
OLFU Varsity Teams
- Cheer Dancing
- Track and Field
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