In June 1975, Makati Medical Center (MMC) made its first step towards augmenting the supply of skilled health workers and to answer the present and future manpower development needs of the nation. This step initiated the opening of the school, then referred to as the Makati Medical Center School Division. Dr. Constantino P. Manahan was the school’s first President, while Mrs. Soterraña R. Bautista was the first College Dean. The blessing of the school was done simultaneously with the Foundation Day of MMC on May 30, 1976.
The school initially offered the one-year Health Aides Program, which provided vocational training for high school graduates who did not have the opportunity and economic means to pursue the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. The total number of students enrolled during this time was 108. This school for Health Aides operated for 2 years. In June 1976, the School of Nursing and the College of Liberal Arts were opened. The launching of the school realized one of the three-fold objectives of Makati Medical Center, which are teaching, service and research. The following year 1977, the school was granted permit to operate the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), supplemental course for the Graduate Nurse (GN) Program, Liberal Arts, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In the same year, the school had to withdraw the GN Program due to the course’s eventual phasing out nationwide. Thus, in 1979, the school graduated its first and only batch of the GN program. In response to the need to assist the GN program graduates to continue their BSN degree, which was then the employment requirement of hospitals all over the country, the school offered the BSN Supplemental Program in June 1979.
In 1978, the School Division was formally inaugurated and given the name Remedios T. Romualdez Memorial Schools, in memory of the mother of Mrs. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, the first lady of the country during that time.
From 1976 to 1978, the school was situated on the 9 th floor circular and mezzanine of the MMC. In 1980 to 1985, Mrs. Natividad Espiritu assumed the role of the College Dean. In 1986, Dean Amelia Rosales took over the Deanship. In 1988, the school moved to the circular building within the MMC property located at the corner of Salcedo and Dela Rosa streets. It was at this time that Dr. Romeo H. Gustilo became the school’s second President from 1988 to 2000.
The following years saw the school suffer a decline in the enrollees of both the Liberal Arts and AB in Psychology programs. Unsurprisingly, the number of nursing enrollees was steadily increasing. This prompted the decision of the school to focus on its BSN program and close both the Liberal Arts and AB in Psychology courses. In 1996, AB in Psychology was revived briefly but enrollment still did not improve.
In June 1998, a new curriculum was implemented, the Associate in Health Science Education, which is a 2-year program intended to prepare students to progress on the study of the Health Science professions such as Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and other related courses. It aimed to guide those who were undecided in their career path but wished to acquire the expertise to engage in health care practice at the primary level.
In 1999, Prof. Eden E. Cacanindin assumed the role of College Dean when Dean Rosales was appointed Director of Nursing at the Makati Medical Center. Two years after in 2001, Dr. Raul G. Fores was appointed successor to Dr. Gustilo to become the school’s third President.
In February 2002, the school celebrated its Silver Foundation Year with the theme “RTRMS: 25 Years of Service to Humanity; Now, Then and Onwards.” In June of the same year, the school was granted Level I accreditation from the Philippine Accreditation Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. In 2003, the school realized the need for an annex building so the 4 th and 6 th floors of the Solid Mills Building adjacent to MMC were leased. However, in 2004, the annex building was transferred to the 6 th and 8 th floors of the Kalayaan Building to accommodate more students.
In 2006, the school welcomed the new board, with Atty. Richard N. Ferrer as the appointed fourth President of the school. The enhancement of the school’s vision during the 2006 strategic planning was made to ensure that the school becomes truly world class, the intensification of personnel training and development programs to sharpen the school’s software and computer infrastructure. Voluntary accreditation with the PAASCU was taken to standardize practices and help secure Level II status in 2007.
Fresh from her appointment as the Director of Nursing Service Division of Makati Medical Center in June 2008, Prof. Eden E. Cacanindin was elected the sixth President of the college in December 2008, during the term of the fifth President, Dr. Manuel O. Fernandez, Jr., while Prof. Shangri-la U. Juan I was bequeathed the Deanship. Together, they envisioned making RTRMS globally-competitive. Hence, in 2009, aside from making collaborative researches with Mexico and the United States, they made attempts to enter into partnership with the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and Central Queensland University, but were not successful due to some constraints.
On February 26, 2010, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, the change of name from Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Memorial Schools to Makati Medical Center College of Nursing was officially amended. The International Alumni Association, with its Constitution and By-Laws, was established in March through the assemblies in Houston, Texas and California, which also include graduates working in the Middle East and England. Also, a benchmarking of facilities offered by the Harris County Hospital Riverside Dialysis Center was conducted by the Director of Dialysis Services, Mr. Mariqueto “Mar” Pidlaoan, an RTRMS alumnus residing in Houston. In May of the same year, the 3 rd to 8 th floors of the Libran House were leased, giving the school almost the entire building to occupy.
The school continues to commit its unwavering support to quality education and in keeping up with the times. A new website is underway to help with the college’s marketing and informational campaigns, new TESDA-accredited short courses are awaiting approval to give opportunities for those with minimal means to find work here and abroad, and by 2012, the college hopes to gain a Level III Accreditation with PAASCU. These are just a few initiatives that attempt to further the school’s mission of becoming a center of excellence and a global trendsetter in Nursing education, letting the vision of the Makati Medical Center College of Nursing founders live on.