The year 1967, marked the auspicious beginnings of what is to become a premier educational institution in the country particularly in the field of medicine, nursing, and paramedical courses. It all started when Jose C. Olivares, a chemistry professor by vocation but with strong entrepreneurial spirit, and his son-in-law, Dr. Vicente M. Santos, an obstetrician, founded the Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in 1967. It soon became the primary provider of medical services to the residents of Valenzuela and its neighboring towns. With a vision of creating medical complex that will be a training center for competent health care providers, Mr. Olivares created the Fatima Medical Science Foundation Inc., and initially established the Our Lady of Fatima College of Nursing in 1973. More curricular programs were added in the 1970s including courses in Midwifery, Chemistry, and Veterinary Medicine. More buildings were built to accommodate the rapidly growing student populace.

In June 1979, the Fatima College of Medicine welcomed its pioneer batch of medical students with Dean Filemon T. Gozum, M.D. at the helm of the academic program. Underscoring its civic and humanitarian calling, the Fatima Medical Science Foundation Inc., established the Leonora Juzgaya Scholarship Grant, which bestows free tuition, board and lodging and textbooks to financially challenged but academically gifted medical students. The unrelenting and concerted efforts to establish a center of excellence in the medical sciences and other disciplines by the administration, faculty and staff of the Our Lady of Fatima College have finally come to fruition. As an affirmation of the commitment to uphold the highest standard and quality of education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the College the University status in December 2, 2002 by virtue of Resolution No. 401, series of 2002. Dr. Vicente M. Santos, Sr. was installed as the first president of the University in solemn investiture rites held on December 18 at the main campus in Valenzuela City. After that, the university was granted Deregulated status by the CHED, a privilege given only to selected private universities.

In the same year, CHED granted the University “A (t) Status” after OLFU applied to the commission’s national program called IQUAME (Institution Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation).  To date, the Our Lady of Fatima University has 4 campuses: Valenzuela City (Main Campus), Quezon City (Hilltop Campus) Antipolo City and Pampanga.


Lan Yang Institute of Technology, Taiwan: A Memorandum of Agreement entered into by Lan Yang Institute and OLFU for academic exchange and cooperation allows students to study in OLFU for 3 yrs and 1 yr in Lan Yang.

Magna Carta College, UK: Professor David Faulkner, Dean Emeritus of Magna Carta College of United Kingdom was welcomed by the OLFU community as he spoke on ‘Cross-Cultural Issues in the Globalized World’.  The lecture touched on the benefits of completing undergraduate courses and graduate programs in the UK.  

Royal Canadian Institute, Canada: The Royal Canadian Institute of Technology of Canada paved an opening for OLFU to partner with the Institute through Dr. Yourie Pankratz.  The good doctor encouraged OLFU to have an exchange of students and technology with the Institute

Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, USA: Both parties entered into an educational agreement to provide clinical Education for its students and to provide both hospitals’ staff and facilities to the students.

Kanagawa Medical & Dental College, Japan: Through College of Dentistry Dean Arturo de Leon’s hard work, OLFU and Kangawa Medical & Dental College formed a sisterhood alliance that would allow both universities to have a student and professor exchange program.

Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, USA: The Memorandum of Agreement between OLFU’s College of Medicine and Jackson Park Hospital allows 4th year Medical students to have their Clerkship Program with the latter.

Peninsula Hospital Center in New York collaborated with OLFU to implement a clerkship-to-clerkship program for 4th year medical students to increase their knowledge and experience in the Hospital and to make them be more competitive in the field of Medicine. The clerkship program will last for two years per group of students and they may be assigned to Surgery and Family Medicine and Community Health.   

FATIMA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE: FUMC is an attached hospital for OLFU college of medicine. FUMC has been at the forefront of medical and hospital service in northern Metro Manila for the past 42 years.  From a mere 20-bed general hospital, we’ve grown to a 300-bed capacity tertiary hospital with the latest facilities, continually serving and providing primary healthcare to the residents of Valenzuela, Malabon, Caloocan, Navotas and even Bulacan.

With the new and latest technology, we at FUMC are able to provide a range of alternative treatments and best possible care for the immediate and excellent recovery of our patients. FUMC believes in empowering our patients with the right information for them to attain a healthy and active life.

On rotation, the students are allowed to do their clerkship in all provincial hospitals including the government run Philippine General Hospital. 


  • Consistently achieving the No, 1 ranking in the Medical education in Philippines.
  • Listed in WHO, Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) & MCI and can practice in INDIA post registration.
  • Listed in IMED Directory. Students can appear for USMLE Part I & II in Philippines during their study.
  • Only University in Philippines where American students prefer to study their medicine.
  • Can reach in 40 min. from Manila airport. Valenzuela is the industrial hub of Manila.
  • Accredited by the Illinois, New York, California State Medical Boards.
  • Recognized by the US dept of Education to administer Title IV Program.

Accreditations and Achievements
– Fully accredited by the Association of the Philippine Medical Colleges

- Listed in the World Health Organization Geneva Recognized Medical Schools
- Fatima has an ongoing Clerkship Program with the Harbor Hospital in Baltimore and Jackson Park in Chicago, USA
- Accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education
- Accredited by the New York State Board of Education
- Recognized by the California Quality Health Assurance
- Competent Alumni placed in key hospitals in the Philippines and Abroad

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