The Palawan State University opened two new academic programs to be offered on the coming school year 2019-2020 on August 5.

Dr. Ramon Docto, university president, said Monday during his presentation of accomplishments and plans in the 2019 Faculty and Staff Conference that the main campus will have a program for Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery.

“Last month, katatanggap ko lang ng certificate of program compliance, lahat ng mga programa namin bago namin i-offer ay ipapa-approve sa board. Bago i-approve dapat pumasa siya sa CHED (Commission on Higher Education),” Docto said.

The two new academic programs are in addition to the existing 27 programs of the university.

The BS Midwifery course was formerly offered as a 2-year course in Diploma in Midwifery.

Docto expects a high number of enrollees when it is opened.

“Katulad ng sa midwifery, mas marami kasi may mga scholars si Governor (Jose Chaves Alvarez) yong midwives na two years lang so pwede nila i-ladderized so maging four years BS na siya. Ngayon sa PE naman, yong mga dating PE majors, pwede na siyang mag-PE talaga,” Docto further explained.

The Bachelor in Physical Education will help students to focus in their majors which is coaching for example.

The new programs is based on a feasibility study conducted by the College of Teacher Education (CTE) and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) that includes the prospect number of enrollees.

The PSU graduate school is also offering a new program in Master of Arts in Business Administration.

Docto said the university plans to open a College of Medicine by 2020 that will offer medicine-related courses.