Through the leadership of its then president, Dr. Gloria D. Lacson (1970-1994), who was herself a nurse and a former Dean of the PCU-Mary Johnston College of Nursing, WU-P initiated the opening of the College of Nursing to address the inadequacy in this discipline. The college envisioned to develop nurses who would cater to the needs of the population to be community-oriented and effective participants to national development.
By virtue of a permit granted by the Bureau of Private Education in August 31, 1973, the College of Nursing of the Philippine Wesleyan College came into being. Mrs. Violeta I. Veneracion was its first dean with initial enrolment of 46 students from all over the province.
The College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (CONAMS) is an integral part of the University and functions according to the philosophy and purposes of the institution. Its graduates are granted the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (BSMT), Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPh), Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT), and are eligible for permission to the licensure examinations.
In the 70’s, the College of Nursing was located at the Del Pilar Building, Del Pilar Street, Cabanatuan City, but when its population expanded, it was moved to the Cushman Campus, a site more suitable for learning for its verdant atmosphere. Today, the College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences and its studentry enjoy the wholesome atmosphere of camaraderie with students from the other colleges.
The quality of instruction can be attributed to the qualifications of its administration and instructors and through the efforts of its former deans Mrs. Violeta I. Veneracion, Mrs. Norma C. Rabara, Mrs. Loida C. Ortiz, Dr. Marilyn L. Bautista, Dr. Emma V. Villaroman, Dr. Melania C. Cenon, Dr. Dolores R. Galang, Dr. Reynaldo M. Samonte and Dr. Norvin T. Miguel, Dr. Wilfredo C. Ramos, and Dr. Josephine M. Samonte.
Truly, the College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences is at par as a Higher Educational Institution north of Manila. As it strives to continually advance its program offerings as it prepares in the global community, CONAMS is dedicated to deliver quality, responsive and excellent education to live to its call – “Building People, Making A Difference” in the healthcare profession.