The College of Pharmacy (CP) was founded in 1914, but the Pharmacy program has been part of UP since 1911. CP provides a highly demanding education for an effective and competent pharmacy practice required in modern health care. It is the only institution in the country which offers the Industrial Pharmacy degree program.
The College has been a member of the American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy since 1917 (AACP, formerly known as the American Conference of Pharmaceutical Faculties)
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is a 5-year competency based program. This program resulted due to the paradigm shift in pharmacy practice from being drug-centered to patient-centered, which emphasizes the specific health care roles of the pharmacist, increasing evidences of drug therapy problems and the development of international, regional and local standards of competency for the pharmacy profession.
The additional requirement of one (1) year is necessary to prepare the students for new competencies needed, including internship, and to comply with the agreement among ASEAN and Western Pacific countries to adopt a minimum of four (4) years for professional courses to ensure acquisition of minimum entry level competencies for pharmacists.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Pharmacy. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Pharmacy (BSIP) program was instituted in 1951 in response to the government’s need for technically trained pharmacist to help shape the budding pharmaceutical industry. Graduates of this degree program are competent in handling the research and development, production and quality assurance requirements of various drug products.
In the last two decades, the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry had diversified the roles and functions of the industrial pharmacist. With a growing linage between the drug industry and the government, research institutions and the academe on drug-related concerns, new roles were being taken up by pharmacists while employed in the industry. Thus, they are expected to handle production, planning and inventory control, regulatory affairs, clinical research, marketing and drug information service. On the other hand, advances in technology and developments in worldwide regulatory standards dictate the strengthening and improvement of course offerings in pharmaceutics, quality assurance, management and pharmacology. Hence, a gap between education and practice had emerged. This propelled the College of Pharmacy to review and revise its BS Industrial Pharmacy program.
It is expected that graduates of the revised curriculum will have a solid foundation in product research and development, manufacturing and quality assurance, pharmaceutical engineering, pharmaceutical marketing and regulatory affairs. Through the graduates of this program, it is expected that the pharmacy profession will greatly contribute to the development of quality, safe and cost-effective medicines which the Filipino people are in dire need of.
Master of Science in Pharmacy. The greater demand for quality pharmacy services by the public, the need to conform to international practice standards as well as the emergence of complex drug delivery systems and therapy regimens are but some of the considerations that propelled the College to adopt a socially-responsive, standard-driven graduate program for pharmacy practitioners.
The curricular changes in the graduate offering, Master of Science in Pharmacy with three majors (Hospital Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Industrial Pharmacy), address the current competencies required of pharmacists in the areas of industrial, institutional and research-oriented practice.
In general, the MS Pharmacy program aims to produce graduates who can:
- Effectively manage a pharmaceutical organization
- Be knowledgeable in establishing regulatory affairs compliance of pharmaceutical products and institutions
- Demonstrate skills in the conduct of relevant research, whether basic or applied
- Demonstrate teaching abilities and skills in pharmacy
- Proactively participate in resolving issues as well as in formulating policies affecting the practice and the society