THE FACULTY of Pharmacy will offer a clinical pharmacy program as a second-degree course exclusively to registered Thomasian pharmacists beginning next academic year.

Pharmacy Dean Aleth Therese Dacanay said the new program would be offered in compliance with international requirements.

“Based on environmental scanning, many of our BS Pharmacy graduates have the capacity to work offshore. However the four-year curriculum does not qualify them to do so because the requirement is a five-year program,” Dacanay said in an email to the Varsitarian.

“[Because of this], they are applying in other schools offering the program to comply with the minimum requirement for equivalency in other countries,” she added.

Dacanay said the K to 12 transition would provide an opportunity for UST pharmacy graduates who wish to “specialize” through a second degree.

To be eligible for the one-year program, the applicant must be a graduate of the University’s pharmacy program and a registered pharmacist.

Dacanay said the introduction of the second-degree course would have no effect on the curriculum of the existing clinical pharmacy undergraduate program.

Enlistment at the Pharmacy Dean’s Office lasted until January 15, 2016, according to the UST Clinical Pharmacy Society social media account.

In December, the University’s pharmacy program became the first in the country to be designated by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center for Excellence. Clarence I. Hormachuelos

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