College of Optometry

Duration6 Years

No. of Credits264

Start DateSeptember


LocationCaloocan, MM

Welcome to College of Optometry

The best place to learn optometry, Our College of Optometry is the only Center of Excellence college in the Philippines declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This means the college has continued to provide and uphold its exceptional standards in the quality of teaching and its teachers, producing new knowledge in the field via research, consistently achieving high board passing rates and producing topnotchers in the board exams, and growing partnerships with the relevant organization both here and abroad.

Our college consistently produces high-performing optometry doctors who provide excellent eye and vision care for people. Be part of our community and experience unrivaled quality in optometry.

All our efforts are recognized by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, an external body that checks the quality standards of universities and has given us a PACUCOA Level IV Accreditation status.

Feel free to talk to us about our college of optometry community and be part of it by applying now.

Location & Contact Details:

Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Degree Awarded

Doctor of Optometry

Benefits of Studying Doctor of Optometry

Help someone see the world better by providing eye care and improving their vision through Optometry. The best in the country, our college of optometry has produced top notchers and titans of the industry as the only Center for Excellence college in this field. You will surely be ready to become the best optometrist you can be and launch your career in this field through our program.

Career Opportunities

  • Private Practitioner or Specialist
  • Practitioner employed in Vision and Eye Centers/Clinics
  • Educator
  • Administrators, Leaders or Managers
  • Entrepreneur
  • Other allied industries
  • Proceeding to Medical School with this as your pre-med course

Why Manila Central University?

Bigger, Bolder, Brighter Centralinos!

  • Multiple and Flexible Learning Modalities topped with ideal class size for better learning.
  • Child-Friendly Environment with Open and Green Learning Spaces.
  • State of the Art Facility- Fully equipped learning spaces/places. Continuous Innovation is at the heart of MCU.
  • Efficient Student Care Program. Established Learner Support Program- Homeroom Consultation for Parents and Students, Student Activities and on various skills and interests, such as play and socialization activities, Wellness and Mental Health programs, students' immersion, and experiential learning.
  • Centralino Plus Program
  • Innovative Curriculum on Outcome-Based Education Approach
  • Integrated Educational Technology- LMS, Virtual Laboratory, WorldBook elibrary
  • Secured and Safety Protocol Compliant
  • Integrated Social Learning Program-Homeroom Guidance
  • ISO Certified, Safety Approval by CHED (for some programs), CHED DOH JMC No. 2021-004 Compliant, PAASCU Accredited Level II

Doctor of Optometry
AY 2022-2023

Katherine M. De Mesa Dean / OD, MAEd; Fellow, Asia Optometric Congress; Fellow, IPAO Low Vision Society

Caroline L. Ferrer Associate Dean, Social Learning and Participation / OD, MSO; Special Ocular Pharmacology Certified; Fellow, Asia Optometric Congress; Fellow, IPAO Low Vision Society

Donnie Y. SaludesAssociate Dean, Curriculum, Instruction & Research / OD, MAEd; Fellow, Asia Optometric Congress; Fellow, IPAO Low Vision Society; Member, International Association of Contact Lens Educators

Jennifer Lyn G. VIÑOLAAssociate Dean, Administration and Quality Assurance /OD, MAEd (c)

John Lorenze V. Juarez Associate Dean, Student Welfare and Support/ OD, MAEd; Fellow, Asia Optometric Congress ; Fellow, IPAO Low Vision Society

Elmo L. Ado, Jr.BS Medical Technology.; Doctor of Medicine; Master of Arts in College Teaching

Alejandro A. CaiñaDoctor of Medicine; Diplomate Philippine Board of Ophthalmology; Fellow, Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology; Specialist, Uvietis

Cristina Bernadette A. MediranDoctor of Optometry

Arwin Jay L. BaldestamonDoctor of Optometry

Andrea Isabelle V. SumayaDoctor of Optometry

Aldwin S. LanorioDoctor of Optometry

Bryan Joshua M. BernardoDoctor of Optometry

Kyle Joseph P. MatutinaDoctor of Optometry

Jasmine S. DeanDoctor of Optometry

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We proudly welcome you to join our growing Centralino Community.

Student Organizations

Optometry Student Council

The organization that seeks to promote and protect the interest and welfare of Optometry students and initiates and supports meaningful projects consistent with its goals.

Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH-MCU Chapter)

Jr. Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists (JR. IPAO MCU Chapter)

Know the Glow (KTG MCU Chapter)

Campus Facility

MCU-FDT Learning Resource Center Building
Administration Building
MCU-FDT Learning Resource Center Building
Nursing Laboratory
Nursing Skills Lab
Dentistry Lab
Centennial Gym
Basic Education Complex
Helix Auditorium
Purple Owl Complex
PGT Buidling
MCU Parking Area

The MCU Experience

Through innovative education and a culture of excellence, we have been transforming learners into future leaders since 1904. Equipped with mastery in skills and empowered with steadfast character, to contribute to and overcome the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Success Stories

Xenah Ann Manalang Bauza

BS Computer Science, Class 2017

Knowledge and skills work hand in hand for career progression. These are 2 key cores that MCU equipped me to be an IT Analyst in a multinational company - a role I just dreamt a few years ago. Armed with innovative education from my Computer Science degree, I feel to deliver values to the business using those diverse exposures I earned being a Centralino

Dr. Eduardo R. Peregrino Jr.

Pioneer batch, College of Physical Therapy

Among the pioneer batch of MCU – College of Physical Therapy, Manila Central University’s Dean of College of Physical Therapy, formally took his oath as the newly appointed Chairman of the Board for Physical and Occupational Therapy Board before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) administered by its chairman, Hon. Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr., last March 9, 2022 at the Commission's Office at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

Mark Alexis Balverde

Physical Therapy
Alumni 2010

I am Mark Alexis Balverde an alumnus batch 2010 who is currently working in the United States of America as PT specifically in Pediatric and Geriatric facility. My college life was a bit rough because I am a happy go lucky type of person. I failed but I never intend to quit. After passing my Philippine licensure examination I’ve rested for a while but decided to pursue my dream here in the US last 2016...

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Ms. Dianna Marie E. Trias, RN, RPh

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2011) and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (2016)

For someone who has difficulties in science subjects, she continued to pursue a science related course. MCU gave her a chance to turn this weakness into strength. She is determined to improve her weakness, to be resilient and to persevere to be what she wants to become...

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Maria Salvacion D. Panlilio,RPh

College of Pharmacy, batch 1987

During her college days, she has been very consistent and one of the top performing students in her class. Likewise, she also excels in co-curricular activities and participated in many worthwhile activities sponsored by the College of Pharmacy and other schools of Pharmacy in the Philippines...

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Ric Jason Javier

Physical Therapy, Class 2015

I always keep in mind to "Ail for the best para if worse comes to worst pasado ako." I remember going to college undecided, not knowing what to take. I enrolled at MCU already on the 2nd week of class. I didn't even know what Physical Therapy is, all I just want is a medical related course...

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