The idea of establishing a college of Medical Arts was conceived when the administrators of Adventist Medical Center College- Iligan, formerly Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital College, felt the need for paramedical workers in the hospital. With the shortage of Adventist paramedical workers, particularly in the area of physical therapy, radiology, midwifery and other related fields; and with the present trends in the tertiary level of education, the AMC Board dreamed to establish a paramedical college in Iligan City. This institution of higher learning would offer programs in paramedical lines to talented young people of different religious affiliations and regional groups, especially to the Seventh-day Adventist youth in Southern Philippines.
Under the leadership of Mr. Joel Y. Dalaguan, Dr. Lorenzo S. Lacson, Jr., and Miss Cholita Suasi, the necessary requirements set by the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) for a college status were accomplished. On February 8, 1994, a temporary permit was granted for the School of Midwifery. A year later, March 10, 1995, the School of Midwifery was granted recognition.
On June 6, 1994 the DECS issued a permit to open the first-year level of the School of Physical Therapy. Thus, the institution gained the distinction of being the first Seventh-day Adventist college in the Philippines to offer a program leading to a recognized degree in physical therapy.
The new College opened on June 13, 1994 on the campus of Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital, now known as Adventist Medical Center, with the first batch of 19 midwifery and 88 physical therapy students. The working force was composed of five full-time and six part-time faculty members. The administrators then were: Mr. Joel Y. Dalaguan as President, Dr. Gladden O. Flores as Academic Dean, Miss Merlyn A. Maquilan as Registrar, Mrs. Dinah W. Almocera and Ms. Roselyn A Senas as Deans of Physical Therapy and Midwifery, respectively.
The facilities like classrooms, library, laboratories, and offices were located in the old elementary school building on the AMC campus, while a new big building was going to be constructed. The groundbreaking ceremony that was well-attended by the members of the College Board, administrators, faculty, and students was conducted in the old tennis court on October 20, 1994. Thus began a new stage in the series of developments of Adventist Medical Center College-Iligan, Inc.