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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:

M. C.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: Pharmacy is a really difficult course, specially if math+sciences is not your thing. it's interesting because of course you get to learn a lot about medicinal stuff, which is actually beneficial to others. for example, I have a father who has problems with his blood pressure, and because I know the do's and don'ts for his condition, I can give him advice. the amazing part here is that you get to deal with people's lives. it's absolutely survival knowledge. it's not just drugs and chemicals, but you also learn how to avoid this type of disease, how to cure it, and how to prevent it.

list bulletMy current job: call center agent

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I'm not using it at my job right now, but at home I can still definitely apply it when I advice my father about what he needs to do to maintain his health. our elderly neighbor also goes to me to ask questions about her meds

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month after results of the bar exam was released

list bulletDo I recommend studying Pharmacy: yes, I would recommend this course to others. it would be better if they're planning to study medicine to be a doctor afterwards, or if they're planning to go abroad. there is actually a need of pharmacists here in the philippines, so you can be sure to get a job right after school, the thing is, I honestly think that the salary is not enough considering the amount of study that you had to go through, I think that for a licensed profession the pay just doesn't cut it (but I guess that's just me) .
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