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University of the Philippines Manila

College of Dentistry

UPM-PGH Compound
Pedro Gil St. Corner Taft Avenue Manila 1000 Philippines

Main Trunk Line: (+632) 3023983
Local 101: Dean's Office
Local 102: College Secretary's Office
Local 103: Fax (Admin)
Local 104: Administration Office

Local 109: Operative Dentistry Section - Restorative, Pediatric, Fixed Partial Prosthodontics
Local 110: Prosthodontics Section - Removable Partial and Complete Denture Prosthodontics
Local 111: Oral Medicine Section - Periodontics, Endodontics
Local 112: Oral Surgery Subsection 





For Inquiries, kindly contact the course coordinators for each program:  
  • Comprehensive Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry (CRED) : (632) 302-6387 loc. 111 - Dr. Armin Segarra
  • Dental Implantology Course  : (632) 302-6387 loc. 110 - Dr. Jean Arevalo
  • Continuing Education in Periodontology  (632) 302-6387 loc. 112 - Dr. Bette Murjani
  • Integrated Enhancement Course in Removable Dentures Prosthodontics (CD and RPD)  ; (632) 302-6387 loc. 110 - Dr. Charlie Atienza
  • Temporomandibular and Orofacial Pain Program - (632) 302-6387 loc 111 Dr. Josievitz Umali Tan 
  • Continuing Education in Oral Surgery - (632) 302-6387 loc. 112 - Dr. Elmer Escoto
  • Oral Cancer Screening Workshop - (632) 302-6387 loc 112 Dr. Ian Ermita
  • Pediatric Dentistry Workshop -(632) 302-6387 loc 111 Dr. Mayee Regudo
  • Infection Control Workshop - (632) 302-6387 loc 111 Dr. May Macapia
  • CBCT Cone Beam Computed Tomography Workshop - Dr. Ian Ermita (632) 302-6387 loc. 112


I. Program Administration

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) program of the University of the Philippines Manila College of Dentistry (UPCD) aims to provide quality education to prepare dental students for the general practice of dentistry as a health service profession and to develop in them an awareness of the profession's fundamental, ethical and legal responsibility to the health of the community and the nation, as a whole.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is a straight six-year course.

The following are the program outcomes which have been aligned with the CHED Policies, Standards and Guidelines, the University Mission and Vision, and the College Mission and Vision:

PO1 Manage patients competently through critical thinking while maintaining professional and ethical conduct.

PO2 Apply basic skills in the management of dental practice while maintaining integrity in upholding the existing laws and regulations of the land pertinent to the practice of the profession.

PO3 Promote oral and systemic health care toward community and national development while demonstrating cultural sensitivity.

PO4 Apply basic knowledge in conducting technically and ethically sound research to improve oral health in the nation.

PO5 Collaborate with health professionals in advocating the improvement of dental health in the country.

PO6 Demonstrate initiative to be adept with current trends and research in dentistry and other health-related fields in the pursuit of life-long learning.

PO7 Demonstrate skills in planning appropriate preventive, interceptive and curative oral health programs for a community.

II. Admission Requirements

The UPCD follows the admission requirements set by the University for incoming new Year Level 1 students. New students shall be accepted only during the first semester of every academic calendar year. The applicant must pass the dexterity examination to be admitted into the Doctor of
Dental Medicine Program. A maximum of sixty (60) students shall be accepted every academic year.

If there are international* student applicants, a maximum of two (2) may be accepted per academic year, depending on the slots available. Filipino applicants with foreign citizenship shall be given priority.

A. Guidelines for Admission

1. Educational Attainment

a. Senior high school (SHS) graduates

Grades 11 and 12 have several academic tracks, including Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HESS/HUMSS), Accountancy, Business and
Management (ABM), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Varied core subjects are offered per track. Those who pass the UPCAT with at least a 70% grade in the sciences, regardless of track, are qualified.

b. Baccalaureate Degree Holders from UP and other schools.

College graduates from UP and other schools may apply to the DDM program. However, no undergraduate transferees from other schools will be considered.

c. Shiftees from other colleges within the UP System

The College of Dentistry will accept shiftees only before the start of the 1st semester of every academic year during the specified application period set by the University.
This minimizes the possibility of Maximum Residency Rule (MRR) or MRR with appeals. The dentistry subjects are offered only once a year, and higher-level courses have prerequisites. Thus, entry in the second semester of the school year may result in having back subjects, which may cause delay.

B. Criteria For Admission

1. For Senior High School graduates

a. Dexterity examinations

Dexterity examinations will be in various forms, including but not limited to mirror image drawings, passing the wire test for steadiness of hands, and wax carvings. Students will be accepted into the DDM program if they pass the dexterity exam. The UPCD Admissions Committee will schedule the dexterity exam upon receipt of the list of initial qualifiers from the Office of Admissions/Office of the
University Registrar.

Once admitted to the DDM program, the student shall undergo the following
for both self-evaluation and so the college can provide better guidance and monitoring:

b. Interview

The interview will consist of questions determining the applicant’s sincere desire for dentistry, communication and interpersonal skills, values, character, and expectations. Interviews will be conducted soon after acceptance into the DDM program (before enrollment).

c. Psychological Test

A psychological test will be conducted with the Office of Student Affairs, University Health Service, Guidance Counsellor’s Office and the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine. This test aims to assess the student's current psychological and emotional state.

2. For Baccalaureate Degree Holders** from UP and other schools

a. The required General Weighted Average (GWA) for applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree are
  • UP Degree holder - GWA of 2.5
  • Non-UP Degree holder - GWA of 2.0
b. Interview based on:
  • communication skills
  • general knowledge
  • reason for entering the program
c. Dexterity Examinations - Exercises are given to the applicant to evaluate their:
  • manual dexterity
  • ability to follow instructions.
3. For shiftees** wanting to enter the DDM program
Shiftees must:

  1. Have a GWA of 2.5 and CWA of 2.75 or better
  2. Have attended a maximum of 4 semesters at UP
  3. Present a certificate of good moral character issued by the proper authorities
  4. Pass the dexterity examinations
Accepted shiftees to the DDM Program enrol as Year Level 1 students.** Shiftees must finish all pre-clinical courses and deficiencies before the Year Level 5, when clinical practice and field practice rotations will begin. They will not be allowed to enrol in Year Level 5 courses if they have deficiencies in preclinical subjects.

C. Additional Guidelines

* International applicants (non-Filipino citizens) must satisfy the qualifications stated above. In addition, foreign applicants from countries not using English as their first language must meet the TOEFL or IELTS score specified by the University. Accepted international students must attend Filipino classes for Filipino Language Proficiency.

** Shiftees and BS degree holder transferees shall present their transcripts to the University Registrar’s office and apply for an equivalence of courses taken to determine the General Education (GE) and foundational courses that still need to be taken.

For shiftees wanting to leave the DDM program:

Students can shift from Dentistry to another program within the system provided they comply with Return Service Agreement (RSA) terms and conditions.

Scholastic Delinquency Rules

The College of Dentistry follows existing scholastic delinquency rules set by the University with some specifications contextualized to the college.


NOTE: Return Service Agreement (RSA) is an absolute admission requirement for this course. The agreement states that the student shall serve in the Philippines within 5 years after graduation.