The West Visayas State University (WVSU) will start its Doctor of Dental Medicine Program (DMD) effective AY 2021-2022 in its efforts towards increasing the number of dentists in the country. WVSU will be the first SUC in Region VI and the second in the country to offer the program.
The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila-College of Dentistry is the only public university with a dentistry program among the more than 20 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.
The development of a dentistry program in WVSU is the result of a directive from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a cabinet meeting more than a year ago where the problem of dental health among young Filipinos was discussed.
While dentistry is covered under RA 10931 or the Free Higher Education law, only UP had a dentistry program. CHED identified state universities and colleges (SUCs) with a strong medical program to add a dentistry program and WVSU was granted authority to open.
“As a leading state university in medical education and nursing, WVSU will assist the government in achieving its vision of providing one dentist in every barangay as a way of making primary oral health care accessible especially in rural and underserved areas,” said WVSU President Joselito F. Villaruz.
“CHED assisted WVSU with funds for the acquisition of equipment and other curricular needs and a three-story building will be constructed to house the youngest college with the support of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The Doctor of Dental Medicine program is included in the Free Higher Education Scholarship program of the government so students will enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees,” said CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III.
The WVSU Doctor of Dental Medicine is a six-year program consisting of basic science, clinical science, and dental public health courses following the prescribed minimum standards stipulated in CMO no. 03 series of 2018.
The DMD program will produce graduates for the general practice of the profession who are scientifically knowledgeable, technically skilled, socially sensitive and shall advance oral health as an integral part of the general health and total well-being of the individual.
The WVSU College of Dentistry commits to educational excellence by developing lifelong learners through comprehensive dental education, interdisciplinary researches, and oral health services responsive to the evolving health care needs of the nation and global community.
For other details, please visit the website at wvsu.edu.ph or call +63-3200870 to 80.
J. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA
Commission on Higher Education