So are you someone who is generally curious about CEU School of Medicine or a possible freshmen but cannot see blogs about this newly established school? Never fret! ya girl is here and ya girl is gonna lay all the facts (and possibly spill good tea about how I got in, how I survive the dreadful freshmen year and what CEU SOM has to offer)
Before I move on to the blog, be wary that the views and opinions stated in this blog doesn’t reflect the views and opinions of the students, the faculty and the whole institution (just to be sure that I don’t get bashed hihi)
CEU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE REQUIREMENTS
Here’s a list of requirements which is also posted in the official website of CEU:
FOR FILIPINO STUDENTS
- A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent obtained from a reputable school as
evidenced by a diploma and Transcript of Records. For graduates of Philippine private schools, the TOR must bear the Special Order from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Creditable performance in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) with a percentile score equal or higher than that prescribed by the Admission Committee. The NMAT must have been taken no more than two (2) years from the time of the application
- Certificate of Live Birth from the National Statistics Office (NSO)
- Certificate of Good Moral Character from an authority in the community
- Certificate of Good Moral Character from two (2) College Professor
FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
- Philippine Consulate Authentication of the applicant’s country of origin for the following documents:
a. Official Transcript of Records
b. Certificate of Good Moral Character
c. Certificate of Graduation
d. Affidavit of Support of the person/s supporting the applicant’s study
e. Bank certification from the bank of the person/s funding the study of the
f. Police Clearance from the country of origin
- Appropriate visa
- Payment of Development Fee
FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS
- No failing grades in the last year of enrolment in their previous school shall be entertained by the Committee on Admissions
- Take and pass validation exams on subjects that will be determined by the Committee on Admissions
THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (NMAT)
Before you get in to any medical school in the Philippines, first you need to take the NMAT. Since CEU is still lenient to its application and there is really no deadline (I have classmates who enrolled on the day of the orientation itself), you could take the NMAT on March. CEU’s updated cut off score is 50, easy breezy am I right? NMAT is solely based on your percentile ranking so it doesn’t depend on you rather it depends on the batch that you are taking the exam with!
Note that CEU School of Med doesnt have any entrance exams so after passing all of the requirements with your NMAT having a sufficient percentile rank, you’ll be scheduled for an interview for about a week after. The Doctors in CEU are super friendly and don’t be like me (and some of my classmates) and be late in the interview kasi sobrang nakakahiya lol it was a good thing that the doctor who interviewed me was super friendly and nice.
The interview process was like any other semi-structured interview. If I could recall correctly, they just asked me about my family background, why I wanted to become a doctor, my financial support, clarified some details on the application form, my hobbies, my academic life also my struggle with stress and anxiety.
Release of results was about a week after my interview. The moment that they’ve released my results, I immediately paid the reservation fee of 30,000 php which is non refundable and is deducted to the overall amount of the tuition fee. CEU doesn’t release results by names like PLM or San Beda so I really don’t know who are my potential classmates before (Also I couldn’t stalk them by name so I have to wait until orientation day lol)
We were more or less 70 in one class which is divided into 2 sections during laboratory activities. Our population is very small which makes learning more conducive during lab. Our lectures are held in the lecture hall which is sometimes a downside for me because I tend to sleep a lot and if you want to sleep, all that you have to do is go to the back lol #DontBeLikeMe
The population of the class is diverse in terms of the medical field because most us are Med techs, Pharmacists and Nurses. I think only 5 or 6 of us were Psychology graduates and 4 were non med. Most of them also came from CEU as well so they weren’t culturally shocked as I was hihe. Most of the students are grade conscious pero talented rin and sporty yung iba. One down side of CEU School of Medicine is that we don’t have events or Med week since the school is just 4 years old and recently lang ginawa yung Med Council
One thing that I don’t like about CEU is the campus and the pricey food. Let’s talk about the campus first. First thing that came into my mind while we were doing the campus tour was “Where the F is the green space?”. Imagine being spacey from the readings and seeing concrete everywhere and you can’t seem to find something green. Also, one more thing, Stairs everywhere(*Inhales*) Next let’s talk about the food. I came from a city college (or state university as we all know it) and it was a big breather on the bank because you only spend 35php for a meal. In CEU, meals range from 55-100 and some of it aren’t even that good. Tips for future freshmen is to pack your own lunch because guurl I really can’t with the prices of food.
The staff and the doctors are really nice and approachable. I love my first year professors because they really check up on you whenever you have a deficit and they tend to mentor you on your first year journey. Super bait talaga rin ng staff kasi whenever you need to borrow the key and use the dissection lab, pinapayagan nila kami hihi.
CEU MED EDUCATION
As I’ve said before, most of my classmates are really competitive and grade conscious. First year classes usually start at 8am and ends depending on the professor (minsan 3, 4 pero 5pm talaga yung end). First year subjects are the following: Biochemistry, Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Neuroscience, Family and Community Medicine, Medicine and Society and Andragogy. Some of my classmates love to study in the med lib but I for one prefer to study in a coffee shop just to keep me sane, awake and productive.
Most of my classmates are renting a place near CEU either along Recto, Legarda or Malacanang. Some of us also commute (such as myself lol #StrictParentsProbz) and some bring their cars as well.
I really can’t say bad things about the tuition fee because you’re paying for what you’re getting. I mean all of our facilities are air conditioned, we have a roster of superb faculty and you’re getting the education that you’re supposed to get.
CEU lets you choose between two options in terms of tuition. Either you:
- Pay straight: 120,000php
- Installment: 123,000php+
They also give 5% discount on tuition fee for CEU graduates and also scholarships are available for graduates with latin honors.
If you have questions, contact the CEU-SOM office anytime from 8am to 5pm through this number: (02) 243-6604 (02) 735-681, loc. 334 or just comment below!! Thanks for considering CEUSOM! I do hope you get in and see you future Escolarian Doctor!