COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
The College of Dentistry started with the original Philippine Union College in Baesa, Caloocan City. The two-year preparatory dental course leading to the title Associate in Arts Pre-Dentistry was given Government Recognition in June 1953. Without a Dentistry Proper course offered in PUC, these students then transferred to other universities to finish their program. Eventually, this led to a decrease in the number of enrollees who would rather complete both their Pre-Dentistry and Dentistry Proper programs in one university.
It was only 50 years later, in Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite, did the Pre-Dentistry program continue on to Dentistry Proper. The Dean, Dr. Marissa Hizon Virgines, opened the doors of the College to their first batch of Dentistry Proper students in 2003. This move tripled the enrolment of the college which then moved to its new home, with an Anatomy laboratory, a dental simulator laboratory, a library, several classrooms and the dental clinic.
The College of Dentistry of the Adventist University of the Philippines is the only college operated by the SDA church in the Philippines and in Asia, which is authorized to offer the six (6) years Doctor of Dental Medicine course. Its students hail from the Philippines, other Asian countries and Africa; all for obtaining quality Christian dental training.
The Adventist University of the Philippines College of Dentistry exists to provide quality Bible-based education and training by equipping dentistry students for excellent dental service.
To become an Adventist training center for world class dental professionals by 2022.
Doctor of Dental Medicine
- Provide quality oral health care.
- Communicate effectively.
- Plan, and deliver community and extension dental services.
- Engage in research activities.
- Apply business principles, entrepreneurship, practices and processes.
- Practice life-long learning and continue to be a life-long learner.
- Practice ethical, legal, moral principles and social accountability.
- Demonstrate nationalism, internationalism and dedication to service
- Utilize systems-based approach to healthcare
- Collaborate with interprofessional teams.
- Display proper attitude and values needed to be successful in life
- Exemplify spiritual values as necessary to enhance a decent, healthy and happy life.
- Obtain medical, dental, social and occupational history.
- Obtain and interpret diagnostic information and procedures.
- Maintain record of patient.
- Develop comprehensive evidence-based treatment plan and obtain informed consent.
- Perform appropriate clinical procedures.
- Provide preventive care and emergency dental services.
- Coordinate with other health professionals and refer to specialists, if necessary.
- Implement and monitor infection control and environmental safety.
- Proficient in the use of clinical equipment and facilities.
- Conduct proper oral health education.
- Present comprehensive treatment options to the patient.
- Provide chairside and post-operative instructions to the patient.
- Practice patient recall.
- Formulate a community-based program.
- Conduct community and extension services such as oral health education, preventive health measures and corrective treatments.
- Participate in oral healthcare awareness programs.
- Evaluate outcomes of the community-based programs.
- Identify health related problems as subject for research.
- Conduct ethical research projects – basic, experimental, clinical, epidemiologic and health service-related researches.
- Identify sources of funds and develop proposal.
- Disseminate research outputs – publication, presentation in conferences, fora, etc.
- Recommend and utilize research outputs.
- Critically appraise scientific literature.
- Identify dental and other business opportunities/needs.
- Utilize potential sources of capitalization.
- Describe business principles.
- Comply with relevant government regulations.
- Demonstrate awareness of new techniques and procedures in dental practice through seminars and trainings.
- Participate willingly in continuing professional education.
- Assume responsibility for improving professional qualification by pursuing post graduate and graduate studies.
- Abide by the Code of Ethics in Dentistry.
- Comply with the principles of jurisprudence in the practice of Dentistry.
- Practice his/her civic obligations.
- Demonstrate readiness to serve the needy.
- Participate in civic activities particularly in underserved areas.
- Recommend a comprehensive plan on common oral health problems.
- Employ current trends in all aspects of the profession.
- Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity.
- Relate social determinants to health and illness.
- Utilize each component of the health system for optimum care.
- Advocate for partnership with related government and non-government agencies.
- Communicate effectively with other health care professionals.
- Demonstrate ability to work with other health care professionals.
- Coordinate with other health professional and refer to specialists, if necessary.
- Display proper composure even when facing difficult scenarios or situations.
- Profess correct conduct, demeanor and courtesy when pressured and not submitting to it.
- Practice moral standards that are biblical.
- Observe correct ethical standards that facilitate a good and happy relationship with others.
PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
- To prepare students for the general practice of the dental profession who are competent in the maintenance of oral health care.
- Provide dental students a sound foundation in the basic health sciences.
- Develop skills towards global competitiveness through information technology.
- Instill in the students the proper attitudes and values to be morally and socially sensitive.
- Emphasize through precepts and examples, in and out of the classroom, spiritual and community values as necessary to enhance a decent healthy and happy life.
- Produce dentists adept in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases.
- Develop graduates who are committed to provide community dental services, sensitive to the social and moral climate of the people, research-oriented and can assume a leadership role in the national and global community.