College of Medicine Requirements

Admission Requirements for College of Medicine


The Admissions Committee is responsible for the selection of students for admission. It evaluates the qualification of each applicant based on academic record, personal interview and health report. Character, aptitude and health, and more importantly, academic standing will determine whether an applicant will be admitted to the College of Medicine.

Who May Apply

  1. A holder of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study conferred by an accredited college or university. The course should have been taken no more than ten (10) years prior to the filing of the application.
  2. A student who expects to graduate at the end of the summer session of the academic year may also apply. The student must submit the Special Order and other documentation required for the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility for Medicine (CEM). Unless otherwise provided, no action will be taken on the application. Preference shall be given to those who are able to complete the records required.

Disqualified from admission are medical students of other schools who have two or more failures, dropped (Dr.) or incomplete (Inc.) in their records.

Selection Factors

Students are admitted on the basis of their individual qualification, regardless of sex, religion or race. The Admissions Committee requires evidence of general competence, motivation and capability. Aside from grades and test scores, preference shall be given to those who are highly motivated toward people and medicine, have shown high academic achievement and capability, and have demonstrated personality and character traits important to their future growth as physicians.

Application Forms

An applicant should obtain an application form from the Accounting Office of Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine, North Reclamation Area Mandaue City, Philippines. The student application fee is P150.00 (subject to change).

Application Procedure

The filled-out application form must be submitted together with the following:

  1. NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) score of 40% or higher (subject to change);
  2. College Transcript of Records (TOR). It should contain all subjects taken or are being taken by the applicant, together with the corresponding grades, except those subjects being taken in the second semester of the current academic year. Grades in those subjects should be submitted as soon as possible. A student who expects to graduate at the end of the summer session should also submit a certification from his or her college registrar or other designated school authority that he or she will graduate in summer specifying therein the summer subjects being taken;
  3. Letters of reference from two (2) of the applicant’s former professors in the school last attended, stating among others, that the applicant has no derogatory record;
  4. Authenticated Birth Certificate;
  5. Three (3) recent colored identification photographs (2″ x 2″);
  6. A non-refundable P150.00 (subject to change) student application fee.

Early Decision Program

An applicant may avail of the Early Decision Program. In this program, a student must submit all required documents. If the Transcript of Records weighted average is 87% or above, without failures, and all other requirements are found in order, the student will be given a personal interview. If the result is favorable, the student may then apply in writing for reservation as an incoming First Year student.


Only those who have submitted their Transcript of Records, duly accomplished application forms, official NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) results, and have passed the interview will be included in the selection process.

Notice will be given to students whose applications are accepted. The notice will state the date when the applicant is expected to enroll. If the applicant does not arrive on time or cannot submit the papers necessary for enrollment, the slot will be given to the applicant who is next in rank. If the accepted applicant is no longer interested in the application, he or she should notify the College within a period of 15 days (subject to extension) from receipt of the notice of acceptance, to give a chance to other applicants.

If the application is disapproved, the applicant will also be notified. Applicants may be placed on waitlisted status and may be considered for acceptance when slots for the First Year become open; notices of disapproval will be sent when all available slots are filled.

If an accepted student fails to enroll, he or she will be required to reapply, update the application records and documents and pay the application fee again.

The Admissions Committee evaluates on a year-to-year basis the cut-off level depending on the applicants’ credentials as shown in their Transcript of Records, personal interviews, and other criteria that the committee will determine from time to time.


Accepted applicants should present themselves for enrollment on the day stated in the notice of acceptance. They should bring the following papers:

  1. NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) result of 50% or higher (subject to change);
  2. Certificate of Transfer Credential from the school last attended;
  3. Certificate of Eligibility for Medicine (CEM), issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The applicant may obtain this himself, or he may submit the following necessary papers to the Registrar’s Office early enough to permit the filing of the application with the CHED on time;
    1. A duly notarized petition for the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility for Medicine (CEM). Forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office;
    1. Postal Money Order (PMO) in the amount of P60.00 payable to the Commission on Higher Education, Manila;
    1. Authenticated Birth Certificate or, if not available, baptismal certificate or a duly notarized affidavit (2 copies);
    1. Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by two former professors in the college where the B.S. or A.B. degree was obtained (2 copies);
    1. Original and complete Transcript of Records (B.S. or A.B. course) in duplicate;
    1. A duly authenticated copy of the diploma or a Certificate of Graduation issued by the Registrar of the school where he or she graduated (2 copies). Special Order (B) is to be identified in case of private school graduates;
    1. Three (3) recent colored identification photographs (2″ x 2″);
    1. Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR), if alien, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by a competent court, if the applicant is a naturalized Filipino (2 copies);
    1. Six (6) documentary stamps at P1.50 each;
  4. Residence Certificate for the current year;
  5. Study Permit issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), if the applicant is a non-resident alien;
  6. Certificate of physical fitness from the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital.

Disapproval by the Commission on Higher Education of the application for the CEM and Study Permit (for non-residents), being a circumstance not within the province of CDU-CM, should not be taken by the applicant against CDU-CM. Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine, through the Registrar, may assist the student to secure a reconsideration or to clarify the disqualification. The CEM and Study Permit should be secured before enrollment. Students who enroll without the CEM or Study Permit are considered probationary students. Students who fall under this category must endeavor to submit the same not later than the end of the first semester. Students falling in this category assume a risk and Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine is under no obligation to accept the student without these requirements.

When the College may deny admission to an applicant

The College retains, at all times, the right to deny and revoke the admission of an applicant:

  1. if the Transcript of Records is later discovered to have grade deficiencies which were not known at the time of the selection, such that the level of academic performance falls below the standard set by the Admissions Committee;
  2. in case of falsification, concealment or misrepresentation;
  3. if the guidelines on admission are not fulfilled.


A transferee is a student of another medical school who applies to Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine for enrollment. Transferees, as a rule, will not be accepted. However, in exceptional cases, a transferee to the First Year may be accepted upon favorable evaluation of his or her academic records by the College and upon proper written recommendation from the Dean of the original college of medicine attended.


The following should be strictly complied with:

  1. FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS from another school who wish to transfer to CDU-CM at the end of the school year for the First Year level may apply to the Registrar and fulfill the following:
    1. fill up the application form and fulfill all requirements (photocopy of CEM is acceptable; original copy of Study Permit for foreign students is needed);
    1. submit CHED clearance to transfer.
  2. SECOND YEAR AND THIRD YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS from another school are not allowed to transfer to CDU-CM.