Davao Doctors' College

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Davao Doctors College
Davao Doctors College logo.jpg
Motto "Through excellence we shall lead"
Type Private, Nonsectarian College
Established 1975
Students 1,000,000–5,000,000
Location Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Campus General Malvar Street, Davao City, 8000
Hymn College Hymn
Colors White & Purple         
Website Official website

Davao Doctors College (DDC) is a private and nonsectarian academic institution in Davao City in the island of Mindanao, Philippines . It was established in 1975 by Cristina Rivero Casiño, who also became its first director, and was first known as Davao Doctors Hospital School of Nursing (DDHSN). Back then, a three-year basic course in Nursing was the only course offered. It was incorporated by a group of medical doctors in response to the urgent demand for nurses in Davao Doctors Hospital, of which the college is a subsidiary company. Mrs. Casiño, who had a master's degree in nursing from Columbia University, with the help and support of the hospital board, slowly expanded from initially a one-classroom school to a well-known school in the city. After expanding its curriculum, it officially became Davao Doctors College in 1981.[1]

Davao Doctors College is also one of the six academic institutions in Region XI with Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) accredited programs by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) as of December 2011.[2]


The Research Institute of Davao Doctors College has linkages with PAIR (Philippine Association of Institutions for Research), DACUN (Davao Colleges and Universities Network), UP CHED ZRC (UP – CHED Zonal Research Center), RHRDC XI (Regional Health Research Development Consortium Region X1), REDTI (Research and Education DOST Department of Science and Technology), DOH (Department of Health), other GOs and NGOs, City Health, City Women's Desk, Tanikala, ZONTA.[3]

In the national search for sustainable and eco-friendly schools sponsored by Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Smart Communications, Davao Doctors College won as Regional Champion for the most eco-friendly school in the college level. The said competition is the Philippines' initiative in support of the ASEAN Environmental Education Plan (2008-2012) and the United Nations Decade of Education for sustainable development (2005-2014).[4]

Former Presidents of
Davao Doctors College
Dr. Jose Gantioqui
Dr. Herminio Villano
Dr. Rizalina Pangan


The Davao Doctors College Library has a total collection of 20,000, which covers books, periodicals and non-print materials.[5]


College of Medical Entrepreneurship[edit]

The College of Nursing offers a four-year competency-based Bachelor-based Bachelor of Science in Nursing program currently with two (2) curricula:

  • CHED CMO#14 series of 2009 effective June 2008
  • CHED CMO#30 series of 2001 (Revised)

In an announcement by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Davao Doctors College was among the top-performing schools offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the country. It rated higher than the national passing average set by the Professional Regulation Commission. (PRC).[6] Davao Doctors College has also been granted Level IV re-accreditation status by PACUOCA until 2013.[7] The official College of Nursing student organization is the Philippine Nursing Student Association (PNSA) [8]

College of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

In an announcement made by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), about half passed the Physical Therapists Licensure Examination given by the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Manila and Cebu this February 2012. Suzette Ybanez Tomes, a student from Davao Doctors College placed 5th out of 608 takers.[9]

Radiologic Technology offered by DDC is the first to be accredited Level 1 accredited status by PACUOCA in the Philippines.[10] It is also the Top 2 Rad Tech program in the country as of 2012. Davao Doctors College was also the 3rd top performing school in the June 2011 Radiologic Technologist Licensure Examination as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010.[11]

The 5-year program Occupational Therapy is the first ever in the whole of Mindanao. DDC is looking forward to producing top-notch OT's who will meet the occupational needs of individuals, groups, and populations with disabling conditions. [12]

According to the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) Optometrist Licensure Examination for July 2009– 4 years, Jennirose Caligner Garcia of Davao Doctors College landed the number one spot.[13] Other students from DDC also landed the 3rd and 5th places back in years 2002 and 2000, respectively.[14]


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