CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

I. VISION – MISSION, AND OBJECTIVES

VISION

To be recognized as the first institution in the Mindanao to continuously provide highly competent professionals in the field of Medical Technology, who can render quality health services to the country and to the global society

MISSION

The main concern of Medical Technology Education in Dipolog Medical Center is to provide the country with medical technologists who are scientifically competent to deliver the full spectrum of medical technology services required in modern health care.

II. PROGRAMS

BS in Laboratory Science (Medical Technology)

Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Science is a vital part of the field of laboratory medicine. A Laboratory Scientist performs a myriad of laboratory tests to find the causes and cures for diseases. These tests include the analysis of blood, body fluids, cells, tissues, and also the isolation and identification of microorganisms which cause disease. In addition, the medical technologist performs tests which assess risk factors for disease and help determine overall health status. The medical technologist must be knowledgeable in basic sciences and skilled at using sophisticated laboratory instruments.

Employment opportunities for Laboratory Scientist are numerous. Besides work in hospital labs, positions are also available in research, administration, education, industry, private practice, and public health.

III. HISTORY

The increasing demand for health care manpower parallels with the behavioral, ecological and technological aspects of an ever-changing society. Such demand prompted the Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation, Inc. to offer the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology Education, aiming to answer the needs for laboratory health services of the local, national, and even the international health agencies through its competent graduates.

DMCCFI is the only institution offering the BSMT course in the whole Region IX.

The BSMT course started in 1996 with only six(6) freshman students under the coordinatorship of Ivan Patrick A. Ang, RN. The BSMT program co-existed with two other programs, the BSRT and the BS Computer Science to compose the Unified Department.

In 1997, the coordinatorship of the Unified Department was handed over to Mrs. Rosalyn O. Turno, RMT who holds the post up to the present. Mrs. Turno and Mr. Jessie Recentes were the first full-time instructors hired by the college to teach Medtech major subjects.

It was in January 2000 that the BSMT program was issued a Government Recognition Permit (#019) for its full operation, with Dr. Chonilo O. Ruiz as the Dean.

A skills laboratory was set-up in 1998 at the DMC Hospital extension. It serves as a lecture and laboratory room for the junior students.

With the increasing population of the Medical Technology Department, a faculty office was established to accommodate the increasing number of its faculty members. It is now situated adjacent to the Chemistry Laboratory of the Nursing Building.

The DMC Medical Technology Program is a regular member of the Philippine Association of Schools of Medical Technology and Hygiene (PASMETH). It acquired a slot in the Safeguard Scholarship Program (sponsored by Procter & Gamble Phils. and PAMET) in 2006. The recipient of the scholarship was Marvie A. Bayawa who also graduated as the first cum laude of the department.

Since year 2001 graduates of the department have been rendering health care services globally. This just proves that the department’s Vision and Mission are fast materializing.


BS PHYSICAL THERAPY

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy is a five-year academic program of studies for an allied medical profession whose main purpose is  the promotion of optimal health and function by providing services that develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, relieve musculoskeletal pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases.  Physical Therapy includes the art and science of evaluation and treatment by means of therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, light, water, manual manipulation, electricity and other physical agents for the care of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury.

Career Options:

  • Physical therapist clinician in various settings such as hospitals, out patient physical therapy clinic, athletic and sports training facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, corporate and industrial settings.
  • Teacher or educator in the academe
  • Researcher
  • Further education in medicine, graduate studies or law

BS RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

I. VISION- MISSION

Vision

To be acknowledged as a highly competent institution which continuously answers the need for diagnostic and therapeutic services both in the local and global perspective

Mission

1. To provide for the country with dynamic, competent, socially-conscious and ethical scientific techniques in medical imaging and therapy

At the end of the program radiologic technology graduates shall have:

1. Acquired and developed the knowledge of the various physical principles involved in diagnostic imaging and therapeutic application;
2. Developed awareness of the possible risks involved in the application of various radiant energies to human for diagnostic therapeutic or research purposes aas well a the ways of minimizing such risks;
3. Developed the skills of proper positioning of patients in the different procedures called for in any particular study employing the appropriate exposure factor to achieve desired results;
4. Acquired and developed knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills necessary to contribute to the overall social, mental, and physical health of the community and country;
5. Responded to the technological advancement in the field of radiologic sciences through research and continuing education.


MIDWIFERY

I. VISION – MISSION, AND OBJECTIVES

VISION

The midwifery course is geared towards the preparation for creative and useful membership in society.

Upon completion of the program, the student shall have acquired the necessary concepts, attitudes and skills essential to his/her personal development and his/her being a member of a community health development team.

MISSION

Midwifery practice in the Philippines has been recognized as one of the primary health care services for the people, particularly those living in remote areas. DMC-College Foundation School of Midwifery acknowledges the value of this role in our health care system and, thus, aspires to produce graduates who have:

OBJECTIVES

1. Obtained up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to render midwifery services to the public with competence and dedication;
2. Accepted their responsibilities as members of a community health development team;
3. Mastered the scientific handling of delivery cases and the knowledge required for community health, nutrition and population education. 

II. PROGRAMS

Midwifery

Midwifery is a health care profession where providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period. They also care for the newborn through to six weeks of age, as well as assisting the mother with breastfeeding. Midwives may also offer inter-conceptional care including well-woman care.

A practitioner of midwifery is known as a midwife, a term used in reference to both women and men.

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in low-risk pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. They generally strive to help women have healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Midwives are trained to recognize and deal with deviations from the norm.

Midwives refer women to general practitioners or obstetricians when a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwives' area of expertise. In many jurisdictions, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care. Midwives are trained to handle certain situations that may be described as normal variations or may be considered abnormal, including breech births, twin births and births where the baby is in a posterior position, using non-invasive technology

III. HISTORY

The Government Recognition for the Two-Year Midwifery Course was granted to the school on June 9, 1980 by the Ministry of Education and Culture through Republic Act 2706.

The School of Midwifery was the pioneering program offered by DMC College Foundation as an academic institution which remains strong and gronwing.

IV. ADMISSION AND RETENTION POLICY

ADMISSION POLICY

Students who wish to enroll in DMCCF-School of Midwifery are obliged to follow the set rules and regulations, to wit:

A. Incoming Freshmen

1. High school card should have an average of 80% and above;
2. Entrance test score must be 40 or above;
3. Level of competency during interview should be 60% and above;
4. Student must undergo and pass the physical examination.

B. Transferees

All transferee's should undergo the same except for the submission of the High school card. In addition, the transferee shall submit a copy of his/her TOR for evaluation purpose.

COMMUNITY DUTY POLICY

1. Reporting Time

1.1. Students are required to render the mandated number of hours specified for each level.
1.2. Students are required to be in the assigned area 30 minutes before the time. 
1.3. Students reporting for duty must be in complete, neat, and clean uniform.
1.4. Students must wear their own nameplates.
1.5. Females must wear half-slips and a chemise underneath; Males must wear white sleeveless shirts.

2. Aprons must be removed when taking snacks / lunch outside the hospital;
3. Students are not allowed to wear the hospital uniform after hospital duty;
4. Students are required to wear the student midwife’s uniform with DIGNITY at all times.
5. Hair is not allowed to touch the collar; visible hair adornments of any kind are not allowed. Black hairnets are required for females. Hair should not hang loose when in uniform even when the student is not on duty. Males are required to keep their hair proper short, clean, and uncolored;
6. No jewelry of any form shall be worn on duty, except a watch with a seconds hand;
7. Lost or destroyed IDs, pins, nameplates or watches must be replaced within fifteen days. failure to do so on the set date will mean that the student is considered absent until she/he presents herself/himself with the replacement;
8. Students are not allowed to wear their LR-DR/OR uniforms outside the special areas. The students shall wear white school uniform in going to or when leaving the hospital, during snack and lunch breaks, and in commuting to DMCCFI school campus;
9. Students are not allowed to loiter in the wards or hospital corridors during and after duty hours;
10. Students must always notify to the clinical instructor / team leader when leaving the floor for any reason;
11. Students are not allowed to have their lunch / snacks outside the hospital premises. The school is not liable for any untoward incident that occur when students who violate the policy. Students are allowed a15-minute break for snacks and a 30-minute lunch break.
12. When doing official business in the ward beyond duty hours (for ward class, case presentations, follow-up of clients) all student nurses must wear the standard smock uniform with nameplate and must inform the head nurse/staff nurse of the purpose of their presence in the ward;
13. Smoking in the hospital compound and when on duty is not allowed;
14. Drinking alcoholic beverages and use of illegal drugs are grounds for expulsion;
15. Students must avoid undue familiarity with patients, relatives, and other members of the health team;
16. Students must address each other formally while on duty. Terms of endearment must be avoided;
17. Students should avoid discussing confidential matters regarding the patient and significant others;
18. Students are prohibited from using image- and video-capture devices, cellular phones with camera features and other similar devices;
19. Telephones in the clinical area are not for student use;

A. Errors & Mistakes

  • Errors & Mistakes in the RLE area should be reported immediately to the CI
  • All cases shall be investigated following the proper channel of communication
  • Students must make an anecdotal report and submit the report to CIs concerned within 24 hours, and then to the Dean with a written explanation.

B. Major Offenses

Any of the following constitutes a major offense

  • Tampering of RLE record, patients records;
  • Signature forgery (CI, Doctors, Deans & Asst. dean);
  • Stealing in any form as well as misappropriation of money entrusted by other students.
  • Administration of drugs that produce harmful effect on the patient, resulting in serious complications or death;
  • Viewing of pornographic films or materials within hospital premises;
  • Grave disrespect and/or physical harm to Clinical Instructors

Sanctions

1st major offense – warning + 5 days extension with ANECDOTAL REPORT
2nd major offense – 10 days extension with ANECDOTAL REPORT
3rd major offense – sanction determined by the Disciplinary Officer

C. Minor Offenses

Any of the following constitutes a minor offense and requires an anecdotal report:

  • Habitual tardiness
  • Receiving visitors while on duty
  • Loitering in the hospital
  • Reading unrelated texts or doing irrelevant tasks while on duty
  • Minor errors in the performance of treatment and nursing procedures although little or no harm has been done to the patient.

D. Attitudes and Behavior

The following attitudes/ behaviors are subject to disciplinary action:

  • Grave disrespect to an instructor whether of the school or from other schools, to a hospital authority, and to another student.
  • Oral defamation
  • Causing physical harm to an instructor whether of the school or from other schools, to a hospital authority, and to another student
  • Refusal to follow assigned task
  • Truancy while on duty
  • Over familiarity with patient, significant others, instructors, doctors, and other hospital personnel
  • Use of obscene language
  • Immorality (e.g. serious sexual displays and other illicit acts in the hospital)

Sanctions

1st minor offense – warning 
2nd minor offense – 3 days extension
3rd minor offense – 5 days extension
4th minor offense – 10 days extension and sanction by the Disciplinary Officer

E. Classification of Absences

1. Excused 1 Absence :1 Day Duty Extension

  • Illness with sick notice (Medical certificate from DMC Hospital)
  • Death or burial of immediate family members supported with a letter
  • Force majeure (typhoon, floods, fire)
  • Absence due to official school function

2. Unexcused 1 Absence : 2 Days Duty Extension

  • Caring for a sick relative whether immediate distant
  • Attending weddings, family reunions; and other affairs not related to duty
  • Extension of vacation
  • Illness without notification
  • Reporting to duty beyond 15 minutes of the assembly time

Note: A student who exceeds 20% absence in each rotation per is considered failed in that particular area.

V. FACULTY – STUDENT CONSULTATION

Saturdays from 8:00-12:00 AM


CAREGIVING PROGRAM

I. VISION – MISSION, AND OBJECTIVES

Vission

To produce students with health knowledge that can be used in the practice of Care Giving with heavy emphasis on skills that mold students into intelligent and practical health workers able to contribute to the care of the infant, toddler, child, elderly, the sick, disabled, and infirmed. This is made possible through employment of updates on the latest modalities in providing care, provision of health care facilities for actual demonstration and by ensuring students hands-on training in their respective field of specification.

Mission

DMC-College Foundation, Inc. believes in providing the best information and support in the formation of Caregivers with a reputation for efficiency, compassion, and dedication.

DMC-College Foundation, Inc. aims to motivate and gear students towards becoming responsible and competent individuals in giving primary care and assistance to those in need.

II. PROGRAMS

Caregiving is one of the most in-demand jobs locally and abroad; it is the fastest way of seeking careers in developed countries.

A caregiver is someone who provides continuous, full-time unsupervised care of children, the elderly, or the disabled in a private household.

DMC-CF offers the 6-month Caregiver Program. Our Skills laboratory is the most sophisticated and is unsurpassed in Region IX. The Laboratory is furnished with the finest fixtures and equipment.

Our program is TESDA-Accredited with a National Certification Level 2. The program has day, night, and weekend schedules.

Recently, the DMC Caregiver Department was named TESDA Assessment Center for Caregivers. The department is officially authorized to manage and administer assessment of candidates for certification by TESDA, under the supervision and evaluation of two in-house assessors and a TESDA representative. Caregiver graduates from other schools may also be assessed in DMC Caregiver Assessment Center. This is especially useful to local graduates as they need not travel to Zamboanga City for the evaluation.

The Caregiver Department also offers the Household Program for 216 hours or an equivalent of two months training. This program is designed for those who intend to work as domestic helps abroad, wherein proper training and a TESDA Certification are required by POEA before deployment.a

 

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