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BS in Pharmacy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is a four-year college degree designed for people who want to have a career in the various fields of the pharmaceutical industry. The program focuses on the identification, discovery, isolation, synthesis, and formulation of biologically active compounds for clinical use. Students are also able to have a wider understanding of the different factors affecting drug behavior in the body.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Pharmacy are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Drug Testing and Analysis
  • Dispensing and Medication Analysis
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Pharmacology-Therapeutics
  • Pharmacognosy and Plant Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Calculation
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Pharmacy are expected to be able to:

  • Define terminologies related to pharmacokinetics
  • Present raw data and derive pharmacokinetic models and parameters that explain the pharmacokinetic behavior of drugs in the body
  • Understand how the changes in the physiologic state and disease states affect one’s drug behavior
  • Apply biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics knowledge in the design of rational drug therapy and monitoring

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in the various field of pharmacy; drugstores for retail, hospitals for clinical, and for pharmaceutical companies for manufacturing. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Registered Pharmacist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Pharmacy needs to pass the Pharmacist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Pharmacy under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Pharmacy may pursue a career path in higher education institutions, community drug stores, hospitals, government agencies, research establishments, public health and in the pharmaceutical industry. They may apply as a pharmaceutical sales representative, community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, regulatory affairs officer, process development pharmacist, clinical research associate, and a medical research scientist.

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Reviews of BS in Pharmacy graduates:

K. Z.
◈ Studied BS Pharmacy
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Pharmacy: I chose to study BS pharmacy because I saw it as a challenging course and during our time, there were only a few who have chosen the course in our batch.
And also I have thought then that there will be less mathematics or calculations, I never thought that there would be plain pharmaceutical calculations, but hey! I passed! Ha.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned so much about drugs, how to take care of the sick and also diseases of course.

During the first year second semester there was pharmaceutical calculations were so many students have realized that this ain't the course for them, it was difficult for us because it was the phase when you are just learning about a new thing but eventually when the next semesters passed and more difficult subjects were faced, pharm. Cal was just a little piece of cake when you encounter much more challenging subjects like physical pharmacy, pharmacology and toxicology.

So if you're going to take BS Pharmacy course, see to it that you are determined to finish it until the end and to study everyday because most of the time professors give examinations everyday for different subjects, sometimes you'll be having three exams in a day. But most of all you should keep your faith and hopes up and have an unending prayer.

list bulletMy current job: I don't have a job as of now because I'm still reviewing for the board exams.
But some companies have already offered jobs, like being a marketing staff in a well known store and some pharmaceutical companies are recruiting pharmacist while we were reviewing.
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