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Davao Doctors College
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Davao Doctors Hospital School of Nursing (DDHSN) established in 1975, was the brainchild of a group of medical doctors in response to the urgent demand for nurses in Davao Doctors Hospital. Its pioneering founders were Dr. Augusto Abela, Dr. Juan Belisario, Jr. Dr. Rodrigo Casińo, Dr. Valeriana Castillo, Dr. Honorio dela Cruz, Dr. Jose Gantioqui, Jr, Dr. Luisito Guanlao, Dr. Honorio Hilario, Sr., Dr. Benigno Magpantay, Dr. Gerino Pangan, Dr. Pacita Sanvicente, Dr. Crisostomo Serrano, Sr., Dr. Leo Sicat, Dr. Amador Villanueva, and Dr. Herminio Villano, Sr..

A three-year Basic Course in Nursing leading to Graduate Nurse was the only course offered in 1975. Third floor rooms and residents’ quarters of the hospital served as makeshift classrooms. Batch 1975 was composed of fifty-two students. Thirty-two graduated and passed the Nurses Licensure Examination in 1978.

In 1979, DDHSN expanded its curriculum offerings. The Graduate Nurse Program was changed to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Bachelor of Science in Biology opened in the same year, followed by Pre-Dentistry.

In 1981, DDHSN officially became what it is today - Davao Doctors College (DDC). Its track record of 100% board exam passing average in Nursing for seven consecutive years inspired the school administrators to open more courses and improve the school’s physical facilities.

The following decade saw full-scale academic and structural expansion. In 1990, two more courses opened - Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. A four-storey building was constructed; a five-storey annex soon followed to house more classrooms and facilities. Both buildings now stand prominently along General Malvar St., near the main hospital.

In 1994, Doctor of Optometry was opened. Another structure sprouted - a two–storey building exclusively for Optometry students. In 1998, non-paramedical courses were opened. Among these were Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Associate in Computer Technology and Associate in Health Science Education. The school also opened short-term courses in Computer Software Operations and tied up with Net Curricula, Inc., a pioneer technology integrator in Education, with Mozcom and Globenet, to keep up with the trend in information technology.

The influx of new courses has set DDC to higher mode of expansion as it sees itself as a university one day. Working towards this direction, the College acquired a 5.5-hectare lot in Mintal, Davao City in 1999 from whence will rise more structures when the College becomes a university.

The new millennium ushered more breakthroughs. In 2000, DDC geared for the accreditation of its Nursing Program to the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities – Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). Construction of the 70-million College of Health Sciences Building went into full swing to give way for more facilities. Today, this building houses the deans’ offices, faculty rooms, fully air-conditioned library, state-of-the-art laboratories, and additional classrooms. Administrative offices were renovated. Internet services became available to faculty and students.

The creation of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Health Sciences (CHS) streamlined DDC’s various course offerings. In 2001, the College of Teacher Education (CTE) was opened, offering two-degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Secondary Education.

Student population ballooned as the College strengthened its course offerings. More classrooms were needed. DDC utilized the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the Davao Doctors Hospital Oncology Building to address this. In 2002, DDC tied up with the Jesuit-run Urios College in Butuan City for its Master of Arts in Nursing Program to strengthen its faculty development program. In 2005, DDC linked with Liceo de Cagayan University for three more graduate programs: Master of Arts in Education Major in Health Personnel Education, Master in Management, and Doctor of Management.

Upgrading the school’s physical facilities continued. The gymnasium, medical/dental clinic, and the cafeteria went through major renovation. In 2004, PACUCOA granted DDC's Nursing Program a Level II accreditation status in January 2004 and Candidate Status for its Biology Program in May 2005. The accreditation of the Hospitality Management Program is in progress. Major renovation of the million-peso Audio-Visual Room, the Guidance Center, Accounting, and Registrar’s Offices has been completed.

DDC has 6016 students. Its manpower resource has reached 555, faculty and non-teaching staff combined. Upgrading the physical facilities is never ending to meet the needs of the times. The school’s priorities are focused on programs for instruction, faculty training and development, community extension and research.

From its modest beginnings some 30 years ago, Davao Doctors College has indeed metamorphosed into a prestigious institution of learning. Today, the College stands proud and remains steadfast in its quest for academic excellence and service to God and humanity.
Administration Office Davao Doctors College Gen. Malvar St., Davao City Philippines 8000
Contact Person:
Tel No:
(082) 227-5972 and 222-0850 local 112
Fax No:
(082) 221-1074
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