Founded in 1970
by its first director Dr. Rufino L. Macagba Jr., the school was initially established to fill the need for a nursing school in support of the fast expanding then Lorma Hospital (now Lorma Medical Center).
He pushed forth this vision and endeavor through the encouragement of the LORMA founders who were both doctor-educators Dr. Rufino N. Macagba Sr. and Dra. Crispina Lorenzana-Macagba.
Aptly named Lorma to refer to the first syllable of the founder’s surname LORenzana and MAcagba, the school grew from a small nursing school to a higher education recognized as the region’s best-performing school. With a solid record of recognitions received for its exemplary performance in the Board Examinations in paramedical courses including Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Physical Therapy from 1989 to the present, LORMA continues to produce the greatest number of board topnotchers in the region.
Lorma Colleges is the first ever institution in Region 1 to be recognized highly by CHED as a Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology (CODE-IT).
Through the years, Lorma Colleges has received numerous accolades and recognition in its continuing effort to excel in healthcare, education, and community service.
At present, the school has a group of 8 colleges, a graduate school, an institute, and a basic education program (preschool, grade school, and high school) with over 4,000 students enrolled yearly.
Lorma Colleges offers a number of bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Accountancy, Business Management and Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Health Services Management, Psychology, Education, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Postgraduate studies in Nursing and Information Systems.
LORMA Colleges has two campuses, the main one in Carlatan, City of San Fernando, which accommodates students taking the tertiary level programs, and the annex campus in Urbiztondo, San Juan, which provides basic education programs for students in pre-school, grade school, and high school.
LORMA Colleges has proven itself to be a vital institution in building competency, leadership, and Christian social concern among the region’s youth.
1970 - 1974 Dr. Rufino L. Macagba, Jr. (College Director)
1974 - 1976 Dr. Juan V. Komiya (College Director)
1976 - 1977 Mr. Florent Sals (College Director)
1977 - 1978 Dr. Florence M. Tadiar (President)
1978 - 1979 Mr. Jovencio J. Dumlao (College Director)
Listed are the Directors who are the "Pillars and Builders" of Lorma Colleges:
1979 - 1980 Dr. Florence M. Tadiar (President)
1980 - 1994 Rev. Salik C. Sinkiat (College Director)
1994 - 1998 Dr. Geoffrey S. Tilan (College Director)
1998 - 2018 Dr. Jose P. Mainggang (Executive Director)
2018 -present Dr. Pacita G. Apilado (Executive Director Higher Education)
2022- present Elizabeth R. Camara (Director Basic Education)