There are several fields in medicine that students can explore for their future career path, one of which is dentistry. Dental medicine is a field that is essential for the entire community, and just like any other profession, it requires years of rigorous preparations.
If you are immensely interested in oral health or just want to pursue dentistry as your future profession, there are numerous educational institutions with a commendable program in dental medicine that can help you pave your career path as a future dentist.
From routinely delivering impressive performances in the licensure examinations to receiving certifications and accreditations that signify excellence in its educational programs, here are six institutions to consider if you are planning to pursue a career in dentistry.
Dentistry schools in the Philippines
Adventist University of the Philippines
The Adventist University of the Philippines College of Dentistry received government recognition in 1953 and has been a consistent performer in the Dentist Licensure Examinations. Offering the program Doctor in Dental Medicine, the school has received a Level II accreditation from Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), which means that it has full administrative and financial deregulation, can revise its curriculum without prior approval from CHED, and is prioritized in terms of receiving possible grants or subsidies from CHED or DepEd.
Cebu Doctors University
The Collegeo of Dentistry of Cebu Doctors University was established in 1980, and is considered a top dental school in Visayas and Mindanao. The university has produced several topnotches in the Dentist Licensure Examinations and has consistently maintained its excellent passing rate over the years. Cebu Doctors University's College of Denstistry offers the Doctor of Dental Medicine program as well as a pre-dental degree program.
Centro Escolar University
Established in 1925, the Centro Escolar University's School of Dentistry has cemented itself among the leading educational institutions in the field of dental medicine. Since then, it has been certified by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Quality Assurance and has Level IV accreditation from PACUCOA.
Its Level IV accreditation suggests that its Doctor of Dental Medicine program is "highly respected as very high academic programs in the Philippines and with prestige and authority comparable to similar programs in excellent foreign universities." The school has also been granted the Philippine Quality Award for Quality Management. In recent years, CEU's School of Dentistry has also received consistent high passing rates in the Dentist Licensure Examinations.
Emilio Aguinaldo College - Manila
Emilio Aguinaldo College's School of Dentistry, located in the school's Manila campus, has been receiving commendable passing rates in the Dental Licensure Examinations in recent years and is proving to be a promising institution in the field of dental medicine.
University of the East
The University of the East College of Dentistry was established in 1948 and has received government recognition two years later in 1950. Since then, the school has produced more than 685 topnotchers in the Dentist Licensure Examinations. UE College of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine program as well as graduate programs in Periodontics, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, and Endodontics.
University of the Philippines - Manila
Established in 1915, the College of Dentistry of University of the Philippines - Manila has proven itself as one of the top-tier educational institutions when it comes to dentistry. It has consecutively recorded a 100 percent passing rate in the Dentist Licensure Examinations from 2015 until 2018 and has achieved a passing rate higher than 95 in 2019. UPM's College of Dentistry is also the first dental school to establish a Department of Community Dentistry, which aims to foster awareness regarding the field's importance and responsibilities in community health.
Aside from its Doctor of Dental Medicine program, the school also offers a Master of Science in Dentistry - Orthodontics as well as other continuing education programs in the field.
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