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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


  • 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:

S. R.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy
◈ At Negros Oriental State University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Pharmacy: When I took this course, first I was inspired with my teacher in high school and my mom supported with the suggestion. Then my aunt is also a license pharmacist and working abroad. This is my chosen course and the first course that I enrolled.

list bulletAbout my college education: The difficult in this course is when you have experimentation, chemistry subject and formulation of your medicine. It’s really fun and enjoyable when you are done with your project especially making your own medicine. Interesting in this course, knowing different medicine from A to Z. Based on my experiences, the best attitude to practice is having the right mind-set in getting your goal.

list bulletMy current job: I am 2 years working in one popular pharmacist here in our city, not really that satisfying of the salary but I am satisfied of what I experienced in working. And soon, I have plans to build my own business by the help of my mom and dad. Hope this will become successful too.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I consider that all my learning are very useful in my current job right now. All those learning about medicine and other related information is really helpful in my work. Basically, all those learning and knowledge that I acquired during my college is the reason why I am working in one company right now. Very useful indeed.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 1 year to have a regular job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Pharmacy: When you graduated and become a licensed pharmacist there are 2 things you can do, first you will get hired as soon as possible by the company that accepts licensed pharmacist or you can do business. It’s very fulfilling, challenging and self-rewarding as well. Salary level is high enough but depends on the company.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: For those who are considering this course my only advice for you, you just have to learn on how to discipline yourself by studying those thousand names of medicines. Well, this is a challenging course and of course one of the best course ever. Once you have the license as a Pharmacist, good job with good salary is given.
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