Pharmacist Course & Career Info Description
You need to have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree to become a pharmacist, in addition to passing the licensure examination provided by the Professional Regulation Commission. You also need to undergo and complete your practical training under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. This college course will teach you not only about the different pharmaceutical products but also about their proper dosages as well as indications and contraindications. In addition to this, you will also be taught about drug interaction as well as its adverse side effects. The course also teaches you about proper preparation and stocking of pharmaceutical supplies and products.
Cost of Education:
The cost of education for this college course is about P230,000 to as high as P280,000. Of course, the full amount will still depend upon the institution and their miscellaneous fees.
Top Universities for Course:
- Catholic Private University in Cebu
- University of Santo Tomas in Manila
- Our Lady of Fatima University in Antipolo, Rizal
- Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila
- Lyceum Northwestern University in Pangasinan
- Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga
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Course Skills and Factors
- Good rapport with customers
- Good communication skills
- Scientific aptitude
- Ability to pay close attention to details
- Desire to help people
- The main responsibility of a pharmacist is to distribute drugs that have been prescribed by doctors and health practitioners. In addition to this, it is also his responsibility to provide information regarding the medication, particularly its use, contraindications, and side effects. Other duties include ordering and maintaining pharmaceutical products supplies and stocks as well as ensuring proper storage of supplies and products.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia are usually hiring Filipino pharmacists. UAE and Oman are also looking for Filipino pharmacists.
A pharmacist usually earns about P13,000 to P15,000 each month. If you are wrokign abroad though, such as the United States, you could earn as much as P361,000 monthly,
Opportunities for Advancement:
Through experience, entry level or staff level pharmacist could advance their career to supervisory and managerial positions. If you are working for a pharmacy chain, you could even advance to a supervisor and managerial positions at the regional level. You could also advance to an executive position.