School of Pharmacy
COURSES OFFERED
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Clinical Pharmacy and Research
Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Management and Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is a four-year college degree program intended for people who seek a diverse range of career options in pharmacy practice such as the industry, hospitals, community, research and regulatory oversight within government agencies. It is a health profession that focuses not only on the identification, developing, manufacturing and dispensing of drugs, but also it has the responsibility for drug therapy management in patients, the generation and transmission of knowledge about proper selection and use of drugs and their effect on people. A patient-oriented service is now the focus of this program and providing such education redounds to an improvement in the esteem in which our profession is held.

The BS Pharmacy of the Philippine Women’s University offers a Ladderized system of learning. “Ladderized education refers to the harmonization of all education and training mechanisms that allow students and workers to progress between technical-vocational and higher education programs, or vice-versa. It opens opportunities for career and educational advancement to students and workers. It creates a seamless and border less education and training system that will allow transfers in terms of flexible entry and exit between technical-vocational and higher education programs in the post-secondary school educational system;” At the end of the second year of the student, they will be able to acquire an Pharmacy Services National Certification III from TESDA through hours of training and internship.

During the 4th year of the student, they will have the opportunity to take extra courses from the two MS Pharmacy programs offered at the University to be able to acquire a master’s degree for at least one and a half years.

Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Clinical Pharmacy and Research is consistent with the University’s mission which aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their competency as health care professionals. It promotes the mission in raising awareness about current health issues and how to address them both at the national and regional levels. This eventually contributes to the improvement of the pharmacy profession in the Philippines.

Clinical pharmacists are now accepted as an important part of the healthcare team. She/he works in coordination with doctors for an improved patient healthcare. They have some very specific roles which aim at ensuring patient safety. Through the clinical pharmacists, treatment goals for many people are achieved more efficiently. This is because the program can help them develop their analytical skills and they can be consultants on rational drug therapy in the future.

This specialization provides students with a broad range of knowledge, skills and resources to practice effectively as a clinical pharmacy practitioner involved in the quality use of medicines and pharmaceutical care. These skills include the capacity to individualize, review and monitor a patient’s medication regimen; demonstrate effective communication skills in clinical and non-clinical scenarios; critically appraise medical and pharmaceutical literature, as well as to recognize and describe social issues relating to medicine use.

In addition, pharmacists will gain insight into contemporary management strategies for pharmacy and health care as well as explore research and evaluation of pharmacy services and practice. Regular updates of the course will integrate emerging clinical evidence and current controversies. A major strength of the program is the emphasis on developing clinical practice and the integration of evidence based medicine.

Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmacy Management and Administration is designed for students who wish to combine theoretical topics of drugs and healthcare with business management. This program prepares individuals to apply managerial, social, and economic sciences to the study and management of the distribution and use of pharmaceutical products and the provision of other pharmaceutical services.

This specialization involves not only the wealth of knowledge obtained through the study of pharmacy, but also that of business, marketing and public policy. This is a challenging and rewarding field that could combine two passions: business and science. This field of specialization contains coursework in pharmaceutical regulations, marketing and distribution. It includes instruction in research design and methods, statistics, social and organizational behavior, pharmacoeconomics, management of pharmacy services, research, product development and marketing, health laws and regulations which centers on pharmacy and pharmaceutics, risk assessment and organization of the health care system.

Those who have this specialization can choose to work in the pharmaceutical industry, medical setting or other related occupations in the government or even pharmacy education. This specialization provides an understanding of the role of the pharmacy and pharmacy managers as they relate to healthcare systems. Pharmaceutical administrators manage, promote and study the impact of pharmaceutical products and services

History

  • The PWU School of Pharmacy was founded in 1926.
  • In 1947, Dr. Clara Aragon-Villanueva was raised to the rank of Dean Emeritus. Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo assumed the deanship of the College of Pharmacy.
  • In 1951, the PWU Pharmacy (drugstore) was established with the Women’s Polyclinic
  • The College of Pharmacy has pioneered in the introduction of new courses, such as Antibiotics in 1950 and Hospital Pharmacy in 1962.
  • In 1993, the consolidated and ladderized curriculum was implemented where a student who finished the second year receives a certificate of Associate in Pharmacy. Technician and a student who finished third year receives a Diploma as pharmacy assistant.
  • College of Pharmacy was awarded with a Plaque of Recognition as one of the Top Ten Schools of Pharmacy in the Philippines by the Professional Regulation Commission for exemplary performance in the July 1995 and January 1997 Pharmacist Licensure Examination.
  • In 1995, the College of Pharmacy was granted Level II Accredited Status by PAASCU.
  • SY 2004 -2005, the College of Pharmacy was converted to the School of Pharmacy.
  • In 2003, the College of Pharmacy was granted Level II 1st Resurvey status. Preparations are underway for its level II 2nd Resurvey status.
  • A remarkable 68% increase in enrollment for BSPH was officially noted
  • PWU School of Pharmacy will continue to turn out alumnae who are to play vital roles in the promotion of health and in the develpment of a healthy and productive citizenry for nation building.
MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM CHAIR

Mark Harvey B. Adamson

The PWU School of Pharmacy was founded in 1926 under the initiative of Dr. Francisca Tirona Benitez. It seeks to achieve excellence in the education of students to address the pharmaceutical health care needs of the country in all spheres of Pharmacy practice. Its vision is to be a provider of graduates with excellent pharmaceutical education, research and services in a dynamic health care environment.

Pharmacy is now recognized as an integral part of a complete healthcare system; if you have opted to study pharmacy, you will enjoy a rewarding career in areas ranging from academe to community pharmacy to manufacturing and research Pharmacists can also pursue quality management of pharmaceutical manufacturing or regulatory matters related to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

If you are highly interested in healthcare and science, and desire a successful career in any aspect of pharmacy practice, then, I welcome you to join PWU School of Pharmacy.

Do come and visit us and let us help you realize your goals. We have highly competent and committed faculty and complete laboratory facilities that will ensure intensive and hands-on training for the students.

Chart your future today with us and become an outstanding pharmacist of tomorrow.

Welcome to the PWU family!

FACULTY
Adamson, Mark Harvey B.

Baria, Glenn R.

Caluag, Rizza

Cruz, Vieno

Francisco, Jover D.

Gamboa, Maureen Allysanda J.

Peñaloza, Roland Amiel

MARK HARVEY B. ADAMSON is currently the Program Chair of the School of Pharmacy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the Manila Central University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmacy Administration at the Philippine Women’s University. He is currently studying his Professional Doctorate at Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) of National Capital Region and the former Secretary of the Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Mr. Adamson is engaged with various organizations providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to Filipino Pharmacists. He is a senior lecturer of Asia Pacific Institute for Medication Management (APIMM) and a member of the speakers bureau of Unilab Medical Education and Development (UMED). He is also conducting review classes in different review centers. He is also working as a consultant for Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management at Air 21 and Lina Group of Companies. His expertise are in Pharmacy Management and Administration, Health Policies, Regulatory Affairs, and Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management.

GLENN R. BARIA is a seasoned healthcare specialist with a successful record in leading multinational pharmaceutical firms. Glenn has held a number of senior sales & marketing positions as well as top management posts for pharmaceutical companies with Philippines & Asia Pacific regional responsibilities. He is an entrepreneur, management consultant and has also lectured at the University of the Philippines, University of Perpetual Help, International Academy of Management and Economics and in various other professional fora. Glenn obtained his B.S. Pharmacy from the University of the Philippines, Post-graduate Management-course from UP and MBA from Ateneo Graduate School of Business with a complement of numerous international & local training and immersions.

RIZZA A. CALUAG has been active in the Pharmacy Academe field since 2013. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degree in Pharmacy at Our Lady of Fatima University in years 2013 and 2018 respectively. She has lectured in various pharmaceutical symposia and has presented numerous scientific researches in different research convocations in the country. She started her academic career at Our Lady of Fatima University as an Instructor and Community and Social Administrative Pharmacy Coordinator (2013-2018). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor. She also conducts review lectures for Pharmacy Licensure Examination. Her subjects of expertise are Pharmacology, Drug Delivery Systems, Clinical Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacy, and Experimental Scientific Research.

VIENO GINO CRUZ, RPh, MSPh, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree at Manila Central University (Cum Laude) and earned his Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmacy Administration at Philippine Women’s University. He has had extensive experience as a Clinical Specialist in the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry in the US. His obsession with Chemistry subjects led him to pursue academe and research. He is a former Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Research instructor at Manila Central University.

JOVER D. FRANCISCO is a graduate of UST with a BS Pharmacy Degree in 2008 and has been a Registered Pharmacist since then. Although he started as a Clinical Pharmacist in his early career life for two years, the next 9 years of his career life and up to the present was in the line of Public Health. He served the National TB Control Program and the National HIV, AIDS and STI Prevention and Control Program of the Department of Health as their former Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management Head. With his Masters Degree in Education Major in Administration and Supervision and International and Local trainings and courses in Supply Chain Management, he is currently working fulltime as a Supply Chain Management Consultant employed by the United States Agency for International Development - Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services Program to support the improvement of Supply Chain Management of the Department of Health. As a believer of lifelong learning, He wishes to finish his Doctor’s Degree in Public Health the soonest possible time. Nevertheless, we are privileged that he is one of our part time professors sharing His expertise not just to the students but to the PWU community as a whole.

MAUREEN ALLYSANDRA J. GAMBOA obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of Santo Tomas. She is currently taking up a Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Clinical Pharmacy and Research at the Philippine Women’s University. Having previously experienced training internship students at YSS Laboratories, she developed an interest in teaching. She is currently the internship and community outreach coordinator of the School of Pharmacy, and regularly attends training and seminars to increase her skills.

ROLAND AMIEL PEÑALOZA, RPh is an active member of the professional community in Bulacan and is currently the vice-president of the Young Pharmacists group in his local chapter. He worked as a pharmacist/supervisor at Watsons Personal Care Stores Philippines; as a Drug Safety Associate in a pharmacovigilance company; and as an Instructor at Centro Escolar University. His passion to educate pharmacy students to promote a positive change in the profession continues to fuel his drive to pursue a career as an academician. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Centro Escolar University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the same institution.

Dr. JAIME PURIFICACION is a Family Medicine Specialist with a flourishing family practice in the province of Cavite specifically the City of Imus and Dasmariñas. He is a clinical associate professor at the UP College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Research Assistant Professor at the National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila. He is actively involved in the clinical trial of herbal medicine which contributed much for the patented herbal medicine available in the market today specifically lagundi tablet and syrup, ampalaya capsule, sambong tablet, and ulasimang bato tablet. He is a graduate of the De la Salle University College of Medicine and University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is currently completing his Master in Public Health at the UP College of Public Health.

DR. ZENAIDA G. SADIWA, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy of the University of Perpetual Help – Molino, is a Regular Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and chaired the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division for two terms. Her experience in research serves a pivotal role in her being a Technical Reviewer of the DOST’s PCHRD and NRCP funded projects, and of the International Base of the Pyramid (iBOP) Projects of the Ateneo de Manila School of Government. Dr. Sadiwa is a Thesis and Dissertation external panelist at AMA University Graduate School; PACUCOA Accreditor; Consultant (in pharmaceutical establishments and institutions of higher learning); Special Lecturer; and a Community Health Advocate. She obtained her B.S. Pharmacy at the University of Santo Tomas; post graduate in Pharmacy and doctoral degree in Social Development at the Philippine Women’s University. Her formal education was complemented with local and international training, field- immersions, and forá which enhanced her knowledge and technical expertise in her field of specialization.

EDWARD A. TOLENTINO is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of the Philippines and has taken his Masters degree in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is currently a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. He is also a member of various pharmacy organizations such as Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacists (PSHP) and Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA). He acquired his experience in teaching from hospital training as well as from seminars he attended as a lecturer.

 

Dr. Purificacion, Jaime

• Dr. Sadiwa, Zenaida G.
• Tolentino, Edward A.