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Road to Doctor: The Cost of Becoming a Doctor in the Philippines

Ever dreamed of wearing a white lab gown, with a stethoscope on your neck while helping the people to be healthy? If yes, then pursuing a career in medicine might be the right choice for you. However, like any other profession, your road to becoming a doctor entails not only some pretty loads of hardship, patience, and determination with your academics but also a hefty amount of money for the medical school tuition fees. If you’re planning to be a doctor in the future, this article will guide you through the ropes and realities of becoming a doctor in the Philippines:

Start from Senior High School

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand is best for students who want to enter any health and allied courses in the future. Here are some of the STEM schools in the country and their tuition rates*:

Institution Cost per semester
University of San Agustin Php. 34,000
Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu Php. 27,000
St. Paul University – Manila Php. 38,500
Ateneo De Manila University Php. 70,000
De La Salle University – Dasmarinas Php. 46,430
Centro Escolar University-Manila Php. 34,500
Asia Pacific College Php. 22,500
Far Eastern University Php. 75,000
Philippine Science High School No tuition fee with a Php. 500 allowance**
Davao Doctors College Php. 20,000***

*Based on semestral system for SY. 2018-2019. Updated last August 24, 2018

** Based on Philippines Science High School website

*** As per Davao Doctors College Official Facebook page

Get a college degree

After finishing senior high and you figure out that you are determined to take the doctor path, you’ll need to take a pre-med course like BS Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, Physical Therapy, MedTech, Nursing, Pharmacy and a lot more!

The tuition fee for undergraduate courses private schools in the Philippines cost around Php. 80,000 to 280,000, depending on the number of units. While other extra-curricular expenses may range from Php. 13,000 and up. Luckily, some public colleges and state universities offer zero-tuition fee, thanks to the Free Tuition Fee Law.

Push for the Medschool

After taking a pre-med course, you need to undergo another 4 years to get a Doctor of Medicine degree. But before you can enter any medical school, you need to pass the National Medical Admission Test. The NMAT registration fee costs Php. 500 while the NMAT test fee is Php. 1,400. You may want to enroll in an NMAT review center to help you prepare for the exam. The review classes may range from Php. 5,000 to 10,000 depending on the review center that you are planning to enroll.

Here are the top performing schools in the 2018 Physician Licensure Examination and their corresponding medical school tuition fees*:

Institution Passing rate Cost per semester
Cebu Institute of Medicine 99.33 % Php. 70,000 to 80,000**
University of Santo Tomas 98.71 % Php. 140,000 to 260,000***
University of the Philippines – Manila 98.59 % Php. 30,000 to 55,000^
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 98.37 % Php 0 to 60,000 depending on the type of scholarship^^
St. Luke’s Med. Center College of Medicine 97.87 % Php. 40,000 to 80,000**
Davao Medical School Foundation 96.91 % Php. 56,000 to 60,000^^^
West Visayas State University-La Paz 96.81 % Php. 0 to 16,000
Ateneo De Manila University – School of Medicine and Public Health 95.80 % Php. 150,000 up+
Silliman University 94.74 % Php. 80,000 to 90,000++
Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation 94.01 % Php. 90,000 to 100,000+++

* Based on PRC Physician Licensure Examination 2018 Official result

** Based on semestral system for SY. 2018-2019. Updated last July 10, 2018

*** Source: UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

^ Based on UP Manila College of Medicine admission brochure

^^  PLM Schedule of fees for SY 2015-2016 for the College of Medicine

^^^ Based on semestral system for SY. 2018-2019. Updated last July 20, 2018

+Based on the ASMPH Admissions FAQs 2017-2018.pdf

++Based on Silliman University Estimated Tuition Fees for SY 2018-2019

+++Based on semestral system for SY. 2018-2019. Updated last January 7, 2019


You don’t have to worry much though, because there are a number of medical scholarships available in the country that you can apply to! Want to know more med-related topics? Visit our blog page to know more tips and guides to help you in pursuing your dream career! Check out Edukasyon.ph and discover thousands of schools, colleges, and scholarships that could be the best one for you!