Which Schools Offers Pharmacy Courses in the Philippines ?
Attaining college degree is very compelling to the now increasing demands and competitions of the job market. High school graduates will not have the same opportunities as the degree holders do to obtain high-paying jobs. While getting college education is important, the far better question is where to acquire the degree you dream to achieve. In light of that, there are points to acknowledge when determining the choice of school: tuition fee, school facilities and most importantly, the quality of education.
What Is An Overview of Pharmacy as a College Course?
While there are numerous pharmacy schools, it is still critical to know what Pharmacy is all about. In the Philippines, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is a four-year-degree course that, generally, involves the study of drugs--from origin, manufacture, distribution up to their medicinal uses and effects in the body. Some of the major subjects required for this course are Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Calculation, Pharmacology and Clinical Toxicology. Pharmacy also requires Internship in Community, Hospital and Industrial settings. On top of that, passing the Pharmacist Licensure Examination duly supervised by Professional Regulations Commission of the Philippines (PRC) is mandated by law to become a Registered Pharmacist in the country.
How Is Accreditation Earned?
The Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (PACOP) is a national organization that adheres to promote the highest standards of quality of pharmaceutical education and abides by the approval of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in accordance to accreditation of the universities.
Furthermore, there are also other agencies that issue accreditation of universities: Philippine Association of Accrediting Agencies of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA), Association of Christina Schools and Colleges (ACSC) and Accrediting Association of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), all governed by the Federation of Accrediting Agency of the Philippines (FAAP).
There are four levels of accreditation for Higher Education Institutions in the country.
LEVEL I: Applicant Status - achieved by completion of self-study report
LEVEL II: Accredited Status - achieved by compliance to all recommendations pertaining to LEVEL I
LEVEL III: Accredited Status - achieved after having been re-accredited by showing significant improvements and achievements from the last accreditation.
LEVEL IV: Accredited status - achieved if the institutions have distinguished themselves in academic practice comparable to that of the international universities.
Which are the Best Schools with Accredited Pharmacy Program?
These schools are: University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines-Manila, Our lady of Fatima University, Centro Escolar University and Adamson University
How About the PRC Top Performing Schools of July 2012 Pharmacist Licensure Examination?
Here are the highest percentages in the category of 50 or more examinees and at least 80% passing rate of July 4-5, 2012 PLE exam:
St. Louis University - 100% (98 passed out of 98 examinees)
University of Santo Tomas - 88% (281 passed out of 316 examinees)
Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 88.73% (63 passed out of 71 examinees)