MBBS Admission in Philippines and Eligibility Criteria

Medical colleges in the Philippines are approved by the Commission on Higher Education of Philippines apart from MCI approval students must check before taking MBBS Admission in Philippines. Medical colleges need to be both MCI approved as well as CHED approved. Students are strongly advised not to get medical admission in any other medical university which are not MCI or CHED approved.

The undergraduate MBBS Degree offered in the Philippines is called Doctor of Medicine (MD). The MD degree offering in Philippines is equivalent to MBBS in India. Local Philippines students are admitted to MD course after completion 10 + 4 including four years Bachelor of Sciences (BS) program. Indian student who has studied in India under 10+2 system needs to do the Bachelor of Sciences (BS) course before enrolling for MBBS admission in Philippines (MD).

• An Indian student does a BS + MD course of 1.5-2 yrs approximately and 4 years respectively.

• Indian students who pursue BS course in Philippines must qualify in National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) to enrol for MBBS course (MD) in medical colleges in Philippines.

• The Centre for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) has been commissioned by CHED to develop and administer NMAT.

• The NMAT scores obtained by an Indian student are considered for evaluating students for MBBS admission in Philippines Medical Colleges.

MBBS Admission in Philippines

Admission Procedures & Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Students:

The foreign student-applicant seeking admission into any medical school in the Philippines must observe the following rules and procedures:

a) The applicant submits the following to the Philippine Foreign Service Post (PFSP) for authentication:

1. Five (5) copies of Personal History Statement (PHS)

2. Two (2) copies of the Transcript of Records (original or authenticated copy)

3. A duly notarized Affidavit of Support from abroad

4. Certificate of Good Moral Character from two (2) officials of the institution where he/she obtained his/her degree either from a college instructor/professor or from the school head

5. Original copy of his National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) results

b) The foreign student-applicant while abroad communicates and applies directly with the Philippine school of his choice by submitting the documents authenticated by the PFSP.

c) The school, having been satisfied with the NMAT results and compliance with the academic requirements, issues a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and forwards it to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) together with the authenticated documents submitted by the student-applicant and the school’s request for evaluation of the Transcript of Records and issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility for Admission to a Medical Course (CEMed).

d) The CHED evaluates the student-applicant’s records for the issuance of a CEMed and coordinates with other agencies for other requirements.

e) After the student-applicant has complied with both academic and non-academic requirements, the CHED endorses for appropriate action to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) a request for the issuance of the student visa.

f) Upon appropriate recommendation of the CHED, the DFA sends authorization to the Embassy or Consulate concerned to issue a visa to the student-applicant.

g) Upon receipt of authority by the PFSP, a Student Visa shall be issued after the consular officer is convinced of the applicant’s identity and admissibility and upon compliance with other requirements; i.e., Visa Application Form No. 2, Medical Certificate (FA Form No. 11) together with the standard-sized chest x-ray film and laboratory reports, and Police Clearance.

h) Upon arrival in the Philippines, the student-applicant appears personally for proper documentation procedures at the following agencies in Manila:

1. Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR); and,

2. CHED for the Study Permit and CEMed.

i) The student, with the Study Permit and CEMed, applies for enrollment at the admitting school that issued the NOA.

j) Minimum Requirements

1. Applicant must be holder of any baccalaureate degree

2. Applicant must have taken the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) and obtained a score of 40% or higher.

MBBS Application Requirements

For All Applicants

1. One (1) photocopy of NSO birth certificate and marriage certificate, if married

2. Application for Admissions (AUF-Form- SOM-01)

3. Original NMAT result

4. Official Transcript of Records with annotation “For Further Studies”

5. Certification of General Weighted Average

6. Certified True Copy of Diploma or Original Certificate of Graduation

7. Two (2) letters of good moral character (from the Dean of the undergraduate course and from either the Guidance Counselor or Office of Student Affairs

8. Two (2) copies of latest 2×2 picture with white background

Foreign Applicants & Admissions Procedure:

In addition to the above,

1. Valid visa for study and ACR/I-CARD

2. Obtain information from the Office of the Dean

3. Submit to SOM all duly accomplished forms and requirements

4. Pay fees at the Accounting Office

5. Take Psychometric examination and attend interview by the Admissions Committee

6. Await test results by text message, phone call or email.

Admission to Philippine Medical Schools

The requirements and procedures for admission to Philippine medical schools discussed below are applicable to both Filipino and foreign nationals aspiring to pursue medical education in any of the schools. Updates on the requirements are based on the “Updated Policies, Standards and Guidelines for Medical Education”, CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 10, s. 2006.

Prerequisite 1:

Bachelor’s Degree. Students seeking admission to the medical education program must be a holder of any baccalaureate degree.

Prerequisite 2:

• National Medical Admission Test (NMAT). Applicants to medical schools in the Philippines are required to take the NMAT. The test is developed and administered by the Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) as authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) per Memorandum of Agreement (1985) between the former Board of Medical Education, now Technical Committee for Medical Education, and CEM. The testing dates, local and abroad, are decided and announced by the CHED and CEM.

• An NMAT applicant must be a graduate or a graduating student of any college degree course at the time of testing. Foreign students and graduates of foreign schools may be required to present on the day of the test, a copy of their Transcript of Records together with their NMAT Identification Form.

• The NMAT scores obtained by a medical school applicant at any given examination year are deemed sufficient and valid as basis for evaluating applicants for admission to a college of medicine. The applicant is encouraged to do well in the test and obtain his/her best scores in the NMAT to increase his/her chances of being accepted in the best medical schools in the Philippines.

Prerequisite 3:

Certificate of Eligibility for Admission to a Medical Course (CEMed). The CEMed application form may be obtained from the regional offices of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Foreign students may apply at CHED Office of Student Services (OSS) located at the National Engineering Centre Building, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The requirements in securing the CEMed are as follows:

• Fully accomplished CEMed application form

• Transcript of Records

• Copy of Diploma or Certificate of Graduation authenticated by the Registrar of the school where he/she graduated (for graduates of government school)

• NMAT results (original or duplicate copy of Examinee Report Form) issued by CEM

• Birth Certificate

• Certificate of good moral character

Prerequisite 4:

Applicant’s Acceptance in Medical School. The CEMed does not automatically assure the applicant of a slot in any of the medical schools in the country. A student who has been issued a CEMed is given full acceptance only upon meeting the other requirements of the admitting school, such as passing the interviews. It may be advisable, therefore, to seek preliminary acceptance from the medical school chosen by the applicant before obtaining the CEMed.

Frequently Asked Questions about MBBS in Philippines:

1. What is the minimum mark required in +2 to study Medical course in Philippines?

For General category, students should have more than 50% marks in physics, chemistry, biology or botany and zoology. For OBC/SC/ST, 40 % marks are required to secure MBBS admission in Philippines.

2. Should I clear any entrance level examination before taking the medical course?

NEET entrance examinations for Indian students to get Medical admission abroad.

3. What documents are required for getting admission?

Class 10th and Class 12th mark sheet photocopies are required to start the admission processing. During the admission process, proof of income of parents or guardian, passport, and other documents will be needed.

4. Are there any age limitations for securing admission?

There are no age requirements set by the medical university for MBBS admission in Philippines. Philippines Embassy gives Student Visa only for students who are 18 years of age. If you are 17 years old, you can get Special Study Permit (SSP) which is valid for 6 months. After 6 months, if you have not crossed 18 years, you have option to renew SSP till you become eligible for Student Visa.

5.What is the medium of instruction?

Medium of Instruction is English in all medical universities in the Philippines. The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country.

6. Can I do my higher studies in India after completing medical degree from the Philippines?

Yes. Students who study medicine abroad should pass screening test conducted by Medical Council of India to join higher studies in Indian medical colleges.

7. Can I Practice in India after completing M.D degree from the Philippines?

Yes. There is no difference between M.D Degree and MBBS degree. Students who study medicine abroad should pass screening test conducted by Medical Council of India to start practice in India.

8. What is the total duration of this course?

The total duration of this Doctor of Medicine (MD) course is 5 ½ years. The first 16 months focuses on building foundation for a strong medical education and is called the Bachelor of Science program. Subsequent, 4 years is the medicine theory subjects and practical clinical rotation.

9. Is there any stipend provided during the clinical rotation periods?

No stipend is provided during clinical rotation.

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