The Pharmacy Board Exam in the Philippines So, you have graduated from a prestige university earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. It has been your dream to be a Pharmacist and now you are finally fulfilling that dream yet you realize you just cannot affix the letters RPh to your name until you are qualified to belong to the Registered Pharmacists of the Philippines.
Who Can Take the Pharmacist Licensure Exam?
As stipulated in The Pharmacy Law of the Philippines, or Republic Act 5921, the existing law governing the education and practice of pharmacists in the country, candidates for the exam must:
- Be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines.
- Have a good moral character.
- Have completed nine hundred sixty hours (960 hours) of Internship Program where six hundred hours (600 hours) will be equally spent for Prescription or Community Pharmacy, Industrial or Manufacturing Pharmacy and Hospital Pharmacy settings. The other three hundred sixty hours (360 hours) will be spent to any establishment chosen by the candidate that is duly accredited by the Council of Pharmacy.
Certification of completion of the internship program for each corresponding establishment will be given to the candidates who successfully accomplished the required hours of internship.
- Be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, or must hold an equivalent degree, in a university or college duly recognized and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
What is the Scope of The Pharmacy Board Exam?
Held twice a year under the supervision of Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC), as stipulated in Republic Act 8981, the Pharmacist Licensure Examination or Pharmacy Board Examination shall consist of two (2) major divisions: PHARMACY as Science and PHARMACY as Practice.
Pharmacy as Science has three (3) groups:
GROUP I (10%) - Public Health, Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Parasitology
GROUP II (20%) - Drug Delivery Systems, Physical Pharmacy, Manufacturing Pharmacy, Quality Control I, and Quality Control II
GROUP III (20%) - Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmacognosy, Plant Chemistry and Philippine Medicinal Plants
Pharmacy as Practice has three (3) groups:
GROUP IV (20%) - Pharmaceutical Calculations, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Dispensing and Medication Counseling
GROUP V (20%) - Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology I, Pharmacology II and Clinical Toxicology
GROUP VI (10%) - Pharmaceutical Jurispudence and Ethics, Pharmaceutical Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Pharmaceutical Administration and Management.
The content and percentage weight of the subjects may be changed with the approval of CHED with other associations of Pharmacy schools or universities.
On the Exam Date
The exam will be conducted in two (2) consecutive days. Designated room for the exams will be posted. Examinees are required to be in their respective school uniforms during the examination. There will be allotted short and lunch breaks during the test. Just like any other regular exams, there are certain rules to keep in mind during the exam:
- Do not forget to bring the copy of Notice of Admission (NOA) filed to and checked by PRC, the Official Receipt of payment for the exam and pencils/ black pens to be used in the exam.
- NO ERASURES on the test papers.
- NO LATES. LATE EXAMINEES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. The examinees should report before 6:30 in the morning.
What is the Passing Rate?
To pass the exam, the candidate must achieve a general weighted average of seventy-five percent (75%) or over with no ratings of fifty percent (50%) in more than two (2) subjects. The examinees will receive the rating of their examination at his/her registered address using the registered mail envelope submitted upon the application for the examination.
Are Re-examinations Allowed?
The candidate who passed only the theoretical part of the board exam can be allowed to re-take the second part which is the practical exam, or vice- versa. On the other hand, if the candidate fails to pass both parts of the exam for three (3) consecutive attempts, he/she must undergo a pre-board review course within the year preceding and must present a certification before given the chance to take the fourth re-examination.