Nestled in the pristine environment of Sta. Filomena, Dipolog City, DMC College Foundation has been the leading institution in healthcare, information technology, service industry, and the social sciences in the province. The campus covers 22,500 square meters of land which includes school and office buildings, outdoor fields, and small parks.
The college started as an expansion program of Dipolog Medical Center Inc., a fifty-bed general hospital founded in 1974 out of the collaboration of insights and resources among fifteen Dipolog citizens sharing a common aim of establishing a hospital facility that offers quality healthcare. Among them were then Dipolog Archbishop Msgr. Felix Zafra and fifteen medical practitioners.
Midwifery was the first program to open in 1977. This pioneering course remains popular in the school’s rooster of courses. In 1989, a new set of board of directors was selected to manage the school and hospital. Seeing the need for more competent health workers in the locality, Chairman of the Board Atty. Alberto P. Concha and Hospital Director Dr. Stephen Yap sought to offer the bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The permit was granted by the Bureau if Higher Education of the Department of Education in April 30, 1991. The BS Nursing program commenced June that year. Also in the same year, the school became a grantee of the Johns Hopkins University International Education for Reproductive Health (JPHIEGO) which, alongside the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN), afforded the school with resources as an extension of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dipolog Medical Center adopted a new name for its academic sector, Dipolog Medical Center College of Health and Sciences (DMCCHS), which was granted acknowledgement and recognition by the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 24, 1994.
In its zeal in the aim for growth, the management initiated the application for permits to open other health sciences courses. In 1994, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) was opened; in 1996, the school admitted enrollees for Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology and Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. In January 1998, the College was again renamed, in recognition of its conversion into a non-profit organization. The school was known as Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation, Inc. The Master of Public Administration program was later offered as well as two other programs: Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Two years later, the school expanded further by offering secondary education through the DMC Science High School which follows science curricula in all year levels. In the same year, Bachelor in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Arts degrees Doctor of Management and Doctor of Education.
Realizing the need for direction and guidance, DMC Science High School signed a consultancy agreement with the LaSallian Schools Supervision Office (LASSO) in May 2006, placing DMC SHS under Consultancy Status where LASSO made enormous contributions to the improvement of the high school’s curricula and teacher advancement.
In November 2005, DMCCFI began a placement and staffing agency, the Staff Builders LLC, a US-based Limited Liability Corporation. The firm assists nurses and physical therapists, especially those who are products of the institution in seeking employment in the United States.
In September of 2006, the College of Computer Studies was formally evaluated by the Commission on Higher Education and was eventually acclaimed Center of Development in Information Technology (COD-IT) in March 2007. The CCS has since maintained this status. After the COD-IT Inspection, the College submitted itself to yet another inspection, the Institutional Monitoring and Evaluation for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IQuaME).
In 2007, DMC College opened the 6-month Caregiving Course. In the same year, DMC’s Caregiving Department became an accredited TESDA Testing Center for caregivers.
With the same zealous management, current developments have never ceased to unfold: the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management was realized to cater to those who want to build careers in the service industry. The facilities and laboratories of the school were hailed the best in Region IX.
With the purpose of offering quality education to early learners, DMC Preschool opened in 2008. In 2010, DMC Preschool, the newly opened DMC Grade School, and the Science High School were consolidated into the Basic Education Department, The Basic Education Department completed the consultancy period and has been officially under La Salle Supervision Level I.
In the summer of 2009, the college amended its name formally to DMC College Foundation marking its expansion from medical sciences. With this change, DMC opened the School of Law. It also began offering vocational courses under the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). It also opened two Business courses, Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship.
To date, DMC offers twenty-one Bachelor’s Degree programs; four Associate programs; and sixteen Vocational Courses. Beginning academic year 2011-2012, the entire tertiary level will be under La Salle Consultancy.
To take the career of professionals in the community to a higher level, DMC strengthens its Graduate School. In 2003, the school went into consortium with Negros Oriental State University (NOrSU) to offer Doctorate and Masters Degree Programs. At that time, two Doctorate Degree Programs and two Masters Degree Programs were offered as part of the consortium namely Doctor of Management major in Public Administration, Doctor of Education major in Educational Management, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Management.
In 2013, DMC and NOrSU renewed its partnership and offered Master of Public Management major in Human Resource Management, Master of Public Management major in Local Government Administration, Master in Business Administration, Master of Arts in English, Certificate of Governmental Management, Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Information Technology. Aside from these Graduate Programs, DMC is also offering its own Master of Public Administration (Thesis and Non-Thesis).
In Academic Year 2014- 2015, the BS in Pharmacy will be added in the roster of Degree Programs offered by DMC College Foundation.
DMC College Foundation is now a solid, successful landmark of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Superior in work ethic and skills, the thousands of graduates DMC College Foundation has produced over the years made remarkable contributions to the health care workforce and to other fields in the locality, in other regions, and even in other parts of the globe,. DMC College Foundation sees an opportunity to grow amidst challenges, the very attitude it inculcates among its students.