Philippines Universities & Colleges Guide

Doctor of Dental Medicine in the Philippines

Dentistry is one of the most prestigious courses offered in the Philippines, and is regulated and supervised by the council on dental education. At present, there are less than 20 schools providing dental education nationwide. The Board of Dentistry of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) regulates the proper practice of dentistry in the Philippines.

What are the admission requirements for dental studies in the Philippines?

  1. Must be a holder of a bachelors’ degree on any course
  2. Must pass the Colleges’ pre-dental entrance examination
  3. Must be of good moral character
  4. Must provide a copy of transcript of records (TOR) with CHED special order

How long does it take to complete dental education in the Philippines?

Dental education in the Philippines takes 6 years to complete. It includes 2 years of pre-dental courses and 4 years of dental proper which is embodied in Republic Act (R.A) No. 4419 known as Philippine Dental Act of 1965.

What exam do I need to take to practice dentistry in the Philippines?

To be able to practice dentistry in the Philippines, you need to pass the Dental Licensure examination. This is held in Manila at least twice a year - usually on the months of May and December.

What are the requirements for admission to the Dental Licensure Examination?

  • Must be a Filipino Citizen
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must have finished 2 years of pre-dentistry course
  • Must be a holder of a degree of either Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery from a college duly recognized by the government

What are the career opportunities for graduates of dentistry in the Philippines?

There are many career opportunities waiting for you once you pass the Dentists’ Licensure Examination. Here’s a list of dental jobs available in the Philippines that you can apply for:
  1. Dental Assistant
  2. Associate Dentist in private dental clinics
  3. Dental Office Manager
  4. Dental Hygienist
  5. Dental Consultant
  6. Orthodontist
  7. School Dentist

What are the best dental schools in the Philippines?

The following dental schools are rated based on their performances in the licensure examinations. The top performing schools in the most recent dental licensure examination held on June 2009:
  • Schools with 5 – 25 examinees:
    1. University of the Philippines (Manila) – 100%
    2. Lyceum of Batangas – 100%
    3. University of Baguio – 100%
    4. Our Lady of Fatima University (Valenzuela) – 89%
    5. Centro Escolar University (Malolos) – 88%

  • Schools with 100 or more examinees:
    1. University of the East (Manila) – 98%
    2. Centro Escolar University (Manila) – 53%

What are the national passing rates of dental schools in the Philippines?

  • May 2010 - 71.17 % (242 out of 340)
  • May 2009 - 44.44 % (264 out of 594)
  • May 2008 - 43.52% (356 out of 818)
  • December 2008 - 41.80% (296 out of 708)
  • December 2007 - 36.06% (317 out of 879)
  • December 2006 - 33.08% (393 out of 1,188)
  • May 2005 - 34.88% (458 out of 1,313)


Reviews of Doctor of Dental Medicine graduates:

M. R.
Studied Doctor of Dental Medicine
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 1989

About my college education:
Honestly, I studied Dentistry because its my parents choice. I want to take up Accounting then but in obedience I took up Dentistry. Its a Science course and theres a lot of difficult subjects in it like Histology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Radiology, Physiology etc. I took it as a challenge and gave my best.

It's a 6 years course 2 years for predent and 4 years proper. At first im not sure I want to take it but reaching 2nd year proper I said to myself I have to be serious or else I have to change courses. I had fun and did my best. everyday being at the school is no joke but gaining knowledge, being patient and loving what you do keeps you going on.

At my junior and senior years it became tougher we have to look for patients who will let us do operations, restorations and do repeat appointments for them. not considering the money you give them for food and fare just to make sure that they come in time when you need them.

My current job:
I've been a dentist for almost 28 years now. been practicing dental profession at home and now also works at the callcenter industry taking calls.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Partly I can say I had invested so much in my carreer as a Dentist but due to the present economy we now have not all doctors and professionals had a very successful growth in their own fields. When my children grew up and was about to take College, we had difficulties financially considering both my kids took up B.S. Nursing. It so happened that my sister ask me if I want to apply as a callcenter agent. I just tried to do it and when I was hired I find it too different with my carreer and as the years go by never got tired of talking to people, helping them out with their needs at the same time enjoying the company of the young people I work with in the office. Now I can also associate my job as a Dentist when my officemates needs my help to do dental work like Orthodontics for them.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Right after graduation, I took the board examinations and passed it in take one. then I got involved in private practice at once and put my own dental office at home.

Do I recommend studying Doctor of Dental Medicine:
As a dentist in the Phillipines I can say that its not easy. you need to study very hard, invest a lot of money and the return is not to fast and easy to earn. The carreer is fulfilling especially when you see your work is done well and beautiful and when you satisfy your patients. Since I never really had the chance to be employed as a Dentist, I can say that being Self Employed takes a lot of responsibilities. Reason im staying as a customer service representative is because of the benefits, contributions and fixed income I gain each month.
As an advise to the young generation go where your heart and interest is. know what you like in life and be determined in your own carreers. To God Be The Glory !
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