Medical Education in the Philippines


Philippines has developed the education system, similar to the USA. Thus after High School (Grade 10) the students join a Bachelors Degree. Those who want to study Medicine does the Pre-Medicine Bachelor of Science in Biology, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy. After which they sit for National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) exam then they enroll for 4 years medical course known as ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (MD). The MD degree awarded in USA / Philippines is equivalent to MBBS of UK / Commonwealth Countries. Philippines is the world’s Second largest exporter of Physicians after India.


All our partner universities are recognized by Commission on Higher Education and Development (CHED), World Health Organization (WHO) and listed in International Medical Education Directory (IMED), Education Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Thus the students are eligible to sit for USMLE and they may appear for Part 1 and 2 in the Philippines. Most medical institution follow the American Style PBL Curriculum. ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (MD) is recognized by Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council, Medical Council of India, Malaysia Medical Council, Nepal Medical Council, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council and other medical councils upon passing the required Screening Tests.

Doctor of Medicine’ (MD) from the Philippines is the only recognized primary qualification by any medical council. It is the only recognized medical qualification as a medical practitioner of the Philippines.

A Special Educational Package has been designed by partner universities represented by MEC in Philippines for Asian / Commonwealth students to decrease the time of study in the Bachelors Program to 12-24 months instead of 4 years.

Students who have 10+2 or Higher Secondary Certificate will get partial credit exemption of about 80 credit units from the Bachelors Degree. They will study for an additional 80 – 90 credit units in the Accelerated / Fast Track Bachelors Program. Mean while they will also study and get trained to take NMAT as required by CHED. Students just need to pass the exam. It is only to determine the percentile rate. Then they will enroll ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (MD) program.

Educational Programs:

* For 10 + 2 equivalent students 12 – 18 months of Pre-med ( BSc Biology / Medical Technology ) + 4 Years of Doctor of Medicine (MD).


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