7 Rank Best Dentistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Dentistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Dentistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which featured only 7 out of the 37 colleges and universities offering programs in dentistry.

The University of the Philippines-Manila outranked last year’s best dentistry school, the University of the East-Manila. UP Manila garnered 79.72 percent overall score. The University of the East-Manila followed with 75.99 percent while the University of Baguio and the Centro Escolar University-Makati ranked third and fourth with 68.79% and 68.71% overall scores, respectively. Cebu Doctor’s University landed fifth with a 66.50 percent overall score.

The ranking is based on the results of two dentist licensure examinations in 2019 (May and December) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in dentistry have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high dentist licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for a number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study dentistry are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two dentist licensure examinations in 2019, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the dentistry program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used in 2018 were adjusted to 65% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 10 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

7 Best Philippine Schools with Dentistry Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA79.725015198.04%70100Candidate401:151585
2UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST-MANILA75.991537823166.23%100100Level II601:282875
3UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO68.7929124170.73%6060Level IV801:373765
4CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MAKATI68.7146176373.02%8060Level I501:232375
5CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY66.5052136580.00%8040Not Accredited301:131385
6DAVAO MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION65.551932286.36%4070Not Accredited301:66100


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