The Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in Tacloban have
always been involved in the health sector of society in Eastern
Visayas or Region VIII.
Since 1965, these Sisters have managed and administered
efficiently the Divine Word Hospital,
the largest tertiary care health institution in this part of the Philippines.
This hospital also serves as a training institution for
students in medicine, nursing, medical technology and other
allied health courses.
With the rapid turn-over of health professionals who
opted to work abroad and the closure of Divine Word University
of Tacloban in 1995, Divine Word
Hospital experienced a
set-back in its health services especially those given by
Thus, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in Tacloban
came with the idea of establishing a college of health sciences.
On April 11, 2000
St. Scholastica’s College Tacloban (SSCT) got its permit to open
First year courses in Bachelor of Science in Biology, Medical
Technology, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Following a previous CHED Memorandum on the
implementation of the Associate in Health Science Education
(AHSE) curriculum in the first two years of health science
programs in the Philippines, the courses in Medical Technology,
Nursing and Pharmacy became AHSE – Integrated.
Finally, on a Monday morning of June 5, 2000, SSCT formally
opened to 336 male and female first year students composed of 32
in BS Biology, and 304 in the two years AHSE who were further
classified as AHSE-Medical Technology (95), AHSE-Nursing (107)
and AHSE-Pharmacy (102).
Benedictine motto of “Ora et Labora” (Prayer and Work) inspired the Scholastican community
in Tacloban to achieve excellence in Christian Formation,
Quality Education, Community Extension, and Research and
commitment of the college to provide quality Catholic
education in Eastern Visayas is already established. It will
continue to strive for excellence and create a balance in
achieving its vision and mission, summed up in its four
thrusts of Christian Formation, Quality Instruction,
Community Extension, and Research & Publication.