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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:

E. F.
◈ Studied BS Pharmacy
◈ At Philippine Women's University
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Pharmacy: Fine Arts was my 1st choice because I really love to draw, but I chose Pharmacy because I want a course that will be a big help to my parents. My parents are both sick and they are taking many medications.

list bulletAbout my college education: At first, I thought that Pharmacy has no math, but I was wrong! There was a subject called Pharmaceutical Calculations where in we learned how to calculate doses for pediatric and geriatric patients. I also learned how to compound drugs and chemicals.

The subject that was the most difficult was Pharmacology. Almost half of the class failed and needed to take removal exams in order to pass. Pharmacology is considered as one of the core subjects in Pharmacy. It is where we discuss the mechanism of action of a drug, it's effect to the body.

Passing the exams was difficult. Almost half of those who took the exams failed. Also, some people shifted to another course.
I failed the board exam on my first try. But I didn't lose hope. I studied and reviewed day and night, and when the day of the exams came, I was prepared. I passed the exams and now, I am a Registered Pharmacist.

list bulletMy current job: I am a clinical pharmacist at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.
I review the medication history of a patient and make an appropriate plan of action that will be presented to the physician on duty.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: During college, we used to have Hospital Pharmacy Internship. We will be interns at a hospital for 360 hours. During the internship, I saw how pharmacists work in a hospital setting. Since then, I said to myself that I will be working in a hospital someday, and it came true!

The other useful thing that I learned are the type of prescriptions. I work in a hospital setting and the knowledge about prescriptions was very useful to me.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me over a year to find a job because I took the board exam for the second time.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Pharmacy: There are a lot of opportunities that await to Pharmacy graduates. They can work in a drugstore setting, or in the hospital like I do, or the manufacturing setting (where drugs are made). But you must pass first the board exam and be a Registered Pharmacist in order to be hired. Pharmacy graduates that are not board passers can work as a Pharmacy assistant.

A new entry pharmacist can earn up to 16,000 a month, while a more experienced pharmacist can earn up to 35,000 a month.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: To all those who are considering Pharmacy, I would like to tell you that this is not an easy course. To be able to pass this course, you must be willing to sacrifice your "gimik" time because you will be doing research most of the time.

Also, be diligent in doing your home works. It may be petty to some but by doing this, you will form a habit of professionalism that will be required when you work.
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