Department of Pharmacy
The pharmacy department was established in 1916 together with the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department. The College was formerly under the College of Liberal Arts in 1911 where a 3-year course program leading to the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy (PhG) was instituted to train the students in the field of Dispensing Pharmacy. In 1913-14, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, a 4-year course was introduced with more extensive training in the fields of bacteriology, chemistry or pharmacy. Thirty-two students started the PhG course where only 8 of them graduated. Then the 6 students out of the 8 first graduates continued their studies for another year to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) degree. Then in 1916, the two departments, Department of Pharmacy and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, were instituted. In 1935, the Board of Regents approved the change of status of the school to that of an autonomous college. In 2005, a 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy was implemented in response to the global change in the curriculum of pharmacy and pharmacy practice.
The Department has continuously trained our students to practice pharmacy in a patient-oriented approach by giving them the pharmacy practice foundation courses through lectures and exposing them in paper cases, case discussions, simulated drugstore activities, community immersion, actual patient counseling, actual patient medication history taking, medication therapy management of actual patients in PGH, and Inter-Professional Education (IPE) with other UP manila units such as College of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Allied Medical Professions. Our vision and mission in the department which is in line with the college and the university is to train students who will become the future 7-star pharmacists and champions of change for the pharmacy profession. We want our graduates to value honor and excellence but most importantly, we want them to be offering the best pharmaceutical care and patient-oriented pharmacy services for our country and our people being graduates of this Premier National University.
The Department of Pharmacy caters to Biomedical and Pharmacy practice courses such as Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapeutics, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Dispensing and Incompatibilities, Pharmacy Management, Pharmaceutical Accounting, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Hospital Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacy courses among others.