Top 10 Best Medical Schools in the Philippines

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In selecting the top 10 medical schools in the country today, we only focused on the results of the board examinations administered in August 2015, September 2016, September 2017, and September 2018.

Most of the medical school graduates took the boards during these exam seasons. To make the ranking more credible, we narrowed down the results to only include first-time test takers.

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The list below shows the top 10 medical schools in the Philippines based on their board exam performances for the past four years.

We’ve also included rough estimates of their latest tuition fees which can be reduced if your family’s income belongs to the lower bracket and through the scholarships you’ll be able to secure.

 

1. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
Passing Rate: 99.39%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 487 of 490
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 80,000+ by installment (1st to 3rd year) and 120,000+ (4th year) for students with no scholarship.

 

2. Saint Luke’s College of Medicine.
Passing Rate: 99.35%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 304 of 306
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 146,144 (by installment)

 

3. Cebu Institute of Medicine.
Passing Rate: 99.23%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 515 of 519
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): Around 76,000+

 

4. The University of the Philippines – Manila.
Passing Rate: 98.99%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 590 of 596
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 36,000 – 51,000+ depending on the student’s income bracket.

 

5. University of Santo Tomas.
Passing Rate:
97.65%
Number of Passers (first-timers):
1,745 of 1,787
Tuition fee per Semester (Php):
125,000+ (1st to 3rd year) and 230,000+ (4th year).

 

6. West Visayas State University – La Paz.
Passing Rate: 97.57%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 361 of 370
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 21,000+ (1st to 3rd year) and 30,000+ (4th year).

 

7. Ateneo de Manila University – School of Medicine and Public Health.
Passing Rate: 96.91%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 501 of 517
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 150,000

 

8. Xavier University.
Passing Rate: 96.57%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 225 of 233
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): Around 58,000+

 

9. University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.
Passing Rate: 95.32%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 1,099 of 1,153
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): 163,883 (by installment)

 

10. Cebu Doctors’ University – College of Medicine.
Passing Rate: 92.88%
Number of Passers (first-timers): 352 of 379
Tuition fee per Semester (Php): Around 75,000+

 

As you can see, Saint Luke’s College of Medicine consistently made it to the top for the first three years with an impressive 100% passing rate until PLM took over after the results of the 2018 licensure exams were released.

In terms of the number of board exam passers, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) produced the most number of new doctors, followed by the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERM).

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