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Doctor of Dental Medicine in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a four-year graduate degree program designed to prepare students for becoming a Registered Dentist in the Philippines. It aims to develop skills and technical principles of different dental procedures as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases. The program also educates students on how to interpret diagnostic information and procedures, develop a comprehensive oral health plan, perform appropriate clinical procedures and provide emergency dental services. 

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue the DMD program must complete a two-year pre-dentistry course and have any medical-related Bachelor’s degree program. Those who aspire to become Dentists but graduated with a non-medical undergraduate program may enroll for the pre-dentistry course. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • General Anatomy

  • Biochemistry

  • Pathology

  • Pharmacology

  • Oral Anatomy

  • Dental Materials

  • Oral Pathology

Admission Requirements


  • The student must take Dexterity Examination-Exercises where the applicant must obtain a specific weighted average for the dexterity exam to be able to be admitted in the two-year pre-dentistry course.

  • The student must complete a two-year pre-dentistry course

  • The student must have a pre-medicine undergraduate degree

  • The student must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Dentistry (CED) from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Periodontics

  • Orthodontics

  • Cosmetic dentistry

  • Endodontics

  • Prosthodontics

  • Dental Surgery

  • Pediatric Dentistry

Program Outcome

Graduates of Doctor of Dental Medicine are expected to be able to:

  • Provide quality oral health care

  • Plan and deliver community and extension dental services

  • Practice life-long learning and continue to be a life-long learner

  • Practice ethical, legal, moral principles and social accountability

  • Utilize a systems-based approach to healthcare


The last two years of the Doctor of Dental Medicine program is spent entirely in the dental internship program. The program involves assigning students to different hospitals or community health centers that offer dental services. The program is done under the guidance of a Senior Dentist employed in the institution and an authorized faculty member. 

The number of hours required for the internship varies from one school to another. Although the clinical internship is done over two years, there is still a required number of duty hours that a student has to accomplish. When students take the board exam, one of the requirements that they need to pass is a summary of their duty hours which must coincide with the standard hours set by the PRC.

Board Exam

To be a licensed Dental Doctor or Dentist in the Philippines, a graduate of the DMD program needs to pass the Dental Board Examination conducted by the Board of Dentistry under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Once a student passes the Dental Board Examination, they now choose a field of specialization. The first step in acquiring a dentistry specialization is to undergo a two-year residency training in accredited hospitals and other health care institutions. Aside from the completion of residency training, an applicant is required to pursue a post-doctoral, master’s degree, or a pecialty education program related to their desired field of specialization.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the DMD program may pursue a career path in public and private medical facilities, educational institutions, government agencies, and private sectors. They may apply as a government dentist, school dentist, public health dentist, military dentist, academician dentist, or a private dental practitioner.

Reviews of Doctor of Dental Medicine graduates:

M. R.
◈ Studied Doctor of Dental Medicine
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 1989

list bulletAbout 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.

list bulletMy 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.

list bulletAm 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.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 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.

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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