Best Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

Professional Licensed Pharmacists in the Philippines receive a wide and extensive scope of training during their undergraduate education which helps them gain experience in a broad range of scientific fields. Pharmacists may work or put up their own ventures related to hospitals, community drug stores, government clinics, scientific research establishments, public health, and the pharmaceutical industry. They could also decide to further their studies in Medical education.

If you are considering taking up BS in Pharmacy, you are definitely setting yourself up for a bright future that does not only concern your life, but also the lives of millions of people needing pharmaceutical care and medication.

Professional Licensed Pharmacists

In the Philippines, Licensed Pharmacists are tasked with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Identifying, developing, manufacturing, and dispensing of drugs
  • Managing drug stores
  • Providing pharmaceutical care
  • Counseling clients in the proper use of both prescribed and patient-chosen medications

Registered Pharmacist Board Exam

To become a Professional Registered Pharmacist, an individual must both:

  • Graduate with a degree in “BS in Pharmacy” from an accredited educational institution in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Pharmacist Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Pharmacy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Pharmacist Board Exam is conducted twice a year, typically in March and in August of every year.

If you’re interested to be a registered professional pharmacist, take note that the scope of the Pharmacist Licensure Exam consists of two major parts: Pharmacy as Science and Pharmacy as Practice.

Pharmacy as Science includes the following subjects:

  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Manufacturing Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
  • Pharmacognosy, and
  • Philippine Medicinal Plants

Meanwhile, the scope of Pharmacy as Practice covers the following:

  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Dispensing and Counseling
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Marketing, and
  • Pharmaceutical Administration and Management

Do you want to know which universities in the Philippines usually top the Pharmacist Licensure Exams?

We compiled the data from previous Pharmacy Licensure Exams to determine the top schools with the highest Pharmacy Board Exam passing rates. Check out the table below to see if your school is one of the best Pharmacy schools in the Philippines!

Best Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines

1University of the Philippines Manila, Manila100%180180
1University of Makati, Makati100%1717
2Saint Louis University, Baguio City97%504517
3St. Scholastica's College - Tacloban, Tacloban96%5052
4Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Batangas City95%5861
5University of Santo Tomas, Manila94%502529
5Adamson University, Manila94%117124
5Fellowship Baptist College, Kabankalan City94%1617
6University of San Carlos, Cebu City92%162176
7San Pedro College, Davao City90%249276
8Philippine Women's University in Manila, Manila88%1517
9Mariano Marcos State University - Main, Batac City87%137156
10Central Philippine University, Iloilo City86%7789
10Our Lady of Fatima University in Pampanga, City of San Fernando86%1315
11St. Paul University Philippines, Tuguegarao City85%87102
12University of the Immaculate Conception, Davao City84%271320
12Cebu Doctors' University, Mandaue City84%4452
12Lyceum Northwestern University, Dagupan City84%4351
13Colegio San Agustin Bacolod, Bacolod City83%3643
14University of San Agustin, Iloilo City82%340410
15Centro Escolar University, Manila81%770950
15Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela City, Valenzuela City81%337414
15University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City81%4758
16Aquinas University of Legazpi, Legazpi City78%2937
17Our Lady of Fatima University in Antipolo City, Antipolo City77%147189
17Centro Escolar University - Malolos, Malolos City77%146189
17Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City77%138177
17Centro Escolar University - Makati Legaspi, Makati77%3140
18Southwestern University, Cebu City76%163213
19Centro Escolar University - Makati Gil Puyat, Makati75%111147
20Manila Central University, Caloocan City74%129174
21Our Lady of Fatima University in Quezon City, Quezon City73%218297
21Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City73%6892
21Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City73%3041
22Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro72%86118
22Mendero College, Pagadian City72%1825
23Urdaneta City University, Urdaneta City70%2434
23Kidapawan Doctors College, Kidapawan City70%2231
24National University, Manila69%2942
25Central Luzon Doctors' Hospital Educational Institution, Tarlac City63%4063
26Nueva Ecija Colleges, Cabanatuan City61%4065
27University of Perpetual Help System JONELTA in Binan City, Binan City60%97161

Note: The table above only ranks schools with at least 10 Pharmacy Board examinees. Also, the passing rates just count the first-time takers; repeaters are not included. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Pharmacy Licensure Exams in March 2018, August 2017, March 2017, and June 2016.

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.