Faculty of Pharmacy (1871)
Degree Programs and Departments
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (4 years)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHARMACY (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is a multi-faceted four-year program, as mandated by the Pharmacy Law, as amended, and is composed of general education courses, core courses, and professional pharmacy courses. This program enables students to acquire technical and practical experience in the areas of Community, Hospital, Public Health and Regulatory Pharmacy, Manufacturing Pharmacy, and Research.
The program aims to provide the country with pharmacists who are scientifically and morally competent to deliver the full spectrum of pharmaceutical service consistent with international standards, in the community, pharmaceutical industry, health centers, drug information centers, and laboratories.
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Pharmacy (5 years)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL PHARMACY (5 years)
This uses an expanded and innovative BS Pharmacy curriculum that allows pharmacy students to undergo a pedagogy of courses and to acquire skills and training in the development of a Thomasian Clinical Pharmacist within the philosophy of pharmaceutical care with distinct responsibilities in patient-focused pharmacy practice. Clinical pharmacy clerkship is an integral component of the outcomes-based teaching learning program.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology is a four-year program consisting of general education and professional courses. The fourth-year level is the internship program of one year in a CHED-accredited training laboratory with rational duties in different sections, such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Immunohematology (Blood Banking), Immunology and Serology, Urinalysis and other Body Fluids (Clinical Microscopy), Parasitology, Histopathologic/Cytological Techniques, and other emergent technologies.
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (4 years)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY (4 years)
The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program offers students with the understanding of the structure and function of biomolecules – Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids and Nucleic Acids – studying the way these molecules are organized and their interactions with one another, in order to maintain life processes.
Biochemistry is the branch of science concerned with the chemistry of biomolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids) and chemical processes of life. It is multidisciplinary, standing at the crossroads between the physical sciences (chemistry and physics) and the life sciences (botany, zoology, microbiology, and genetics). This four-year pre-medicine program equips the students with the fundamental principles and theories, as well as applications in research and industry.
The curriculum provides a balance of chemical, biological, and computational components, with excellent training in the following areas of biochemistry: Analytical and Physical Chemistry; Biochemical Techniques in Protein, Carbohydrate, Lipid, and Nucleic Acid Chemistry; Bioinformatics or Computational Biology; Physical Biochemistry; Nutritional and Enzyme Biochemistry; Recombinant DNA and Transformation Biotechnology; Pharmacology; Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology; Intermediary Metabolism and Biochemical Principles in Immunology, Virology, and Cancer.
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Santo Tomas envisions itself as a premier Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Biochemistry institution in Asia, committed to the professional and moral formation of her stakeholders for social transformation.
The mission of the Faculty of Pharmacy is aligned with UST’s mission to generate, advance, and transmit knowledge to form competent and compassionate Pharmacy, Medical Technology, and Biochemistry professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.
Latest News and Events
Prof. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, PhD
Dean and Faculty Research
2017 Outstanding Pharmacist in the Academe
Assessor, ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance Group
Member, Continuing Professional Development Council for Pharmacy
Professional Regulation Commission
President, Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Frieda Z. Hapan, PhD
Assistant Dean and Faculty Member
Chair, Technical Committee for Medical Technology / Medical Laboratory Science
Member, Technical Panel for Health Professions Education
Commission on Higher Education
Faculty of Pharmacy Student Council (FPSC)
The FACULTY OF PHARMACY STUDENT COUNCIL (FPSC) is the student government in the Faculty of Pharmacy (including Medical Technology and Biochemistry). The Council serves as official liaison between the studentry and the faculty and university officials. It may be involved or may take charge of activities that will lead to the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social upliftment of the students in coordination with the other recognized organizations of the Faculty. It shall represent the Faculty in any activity inside and outside the University.
PURPLE GAZETTE is the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Pharmacy, including Medical Technology and Biochemistry. It shall exclusively publish in-depth reports on the Faculty of Pharmacy’s issues and events, thereby increasing the awareness of the Thomasian community on what are happening inside and outside the Faculty. This, in turn, shall contribute to the strengthening of community spirit and provide additional information on current and up to date issues circulating around the world.
Commission on Elections - Pharmacy Unit
COMELEC – PHARMACY UNIT is in charge of the administration of the Faculty of Pharmacy Student Council (FPSC, for brevity) election. They shall likewise oversee the administration of all class officers’ elections, and all authorized local referenda and plebiscite as well as address issues and concerns with regard to election matters.
Clinical Pharmacy Society
CLINICAL PHARMACY SOCIETY (CPS) commits itself to the philosophy of pharmaceutical care where student-pharmacists initiate, conduct and participate in activities and projects that highlight patient-oriented pharmacy practice consistent with the theories and current development learned in the clinical pharmacy curriculum of the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Pharmacy. The Clinical Pharmacy Society envisions itself to be an organization of pharmacy students striving to be forerunners in the advancement and application of the best principles of pharmacist-provided patient care.
Junior Pharmacists' Association (JPA) Gamma Chapter
JUNIOR PHARMACISTS’ ASSOCIATION (JPA – GAMMA CHAPTER) is a unit of the Philippine Pharmacists’ Association founded on March 7, 1946. It was organized to foster fellowship among Pharmacy students of the Faculty of Pharmacy and promote good relationship between students of UST and those of other duly recognized institutions of Pharmacy. The Gamma Chapter undertakes activities that will promote cultural and scientific progress. Junior and Senior students are active members but membership is open to freshmen and sophomores.
Organization of Medical Technology Interns
ORGANIZATION OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNS (OMTI) is recognized as the official organization of senior Medical Technology students. It was organized to a) promote educational advancement through scientific seminars and research; b) establish avenues whereby Medical Technology knowledge can be utilized for the upliftment of the country’s socio-economic and health conditions; and c) cultivate harmonious cooperation and unity among its members.
Medical Technology Society
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY (MTS) is an association of Medical Technology students whose purpose is to unite and acquire an atmosphere of brotherhood and friendship among students and professors alike, to hold activities and projects such as orientation program for-pre-internship training where junior Medical technology students make education tours to various training institutions and laboratories.
BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY (BCS) is an association of Biochemistry students whose purpose is to cultivate cordial relations and promote harmonious cooperation among its members by inspiring mutual understanding among themselves and to hold periodic seminars and scientific lectures on the advancements in the field of biochemistry.
Scholia Tutorial Club
SCHOLIA TUTORIAL CLUB was organized primarily to help other students comprehend lessons or subjects which they find difficult to discern and assimilate by providing tutorial services. It also gives the members a chance to sharpen and develop further their knowledge of the subject they are handling because tutoring requires their mastery of the subject. It also aims to cultivate within the intellectual atmosphere understanding and unity between students and the various departments of the Faculty. Lastly, it promotes cooperation and good teamwork among the students in the Faculty to acquire its goal of academic excellence.
Pharmacy Sports Club
PHARMACY SPORTS CLUB was organized to help students develop their physical capabilities through their indulgence in sports. It gives the members a chance to further sharpen and develop their sportsmanship and promotes cooperation, good teamwork, physical fitness and discovery of hidden abilities in sports among the students of the Faculty.
Pharmacy Glee Club
PHARMACY GLEE CLUB (PGC) is a recognized organization of the Faculty of Pharmacy (Including Medical Technology and Biochemistry) with the following objectives: a) to encourage students’ active participation, cultivate their talents and foster unity among the students and members of the university; b) to present the Faculty of Pharmacy in prestigious musical competitions and various social and cultural affairs; and c) to entertain and render humanitarian services through singing.
Pharmacy Dance Troupe
PHARMACY DANCE TROUPE (PDT) is composed of bona fide students taking up Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Medical Technology, and Biochemistry, bounded by their passion in the creativity of performing arts specifically in dancing, dedicates itself in enhancing the skills, discipline and competitiveness of future Thomasian artists through rigid training. It does not commit itself only in dancing but also takes part in different activities of the college and the university like leadership congress, medical mission and outreach programs.
Pharmacy Debate Coalition
PHARMACY DEBATE COALITION dedicates itself to the promotion of its members’ intellectual, analytical and critical well-being, to empower the members’ individuality and to the pursuit of knowledge based on Thomasian truth and ideals; and asserts its duty in helping the university uphold its “role in the formation of men and women to become competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation and the global community.
THEATRE CATALYST is the official theatre guild of the Faculty of Pharmacy. The organization develops the skills and talents in theatrical arts of the students in the Faculty of Pharmacy through workshops, productions, and seminars. It promotes proper work ethics as well as camaraderie in the pursuit of the Thomasian virtues. Also, it inspires members and non-members through its productions and services rendered to the community.
Rotaract Club - Pharmacy Unit
ROTARACT CLUB– PHARMACY UNIT is one among the recently recognized organizations in the university and it is under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of the University District of Manila. The Rotaract aims to develop leadership and responsible citizenship through service to the community, to advance the cause of international understanding and peace and to promote recognition and acceptance of high ethical standard as a leadership quality and vocational responsibility. To carry out these objectives, the club is composed of four major services: Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service and International Service. Since this club is a university-based Rotaract Club, only UST students particularly from the Faculty of Pharmacy (Including Medical Technology, Biochemistry and Botany) could join the club.
Pax Romana - Pharmacy Unit
PAX ROMANA – PHARMACY UNIT (PAX) is a unit of the UST Pax Romana International. Its mission is the integral formation (cultural, religious, moral, social, political, etc.) of the Catholic students as a prerequisite to make him/her a true and genuine lay apostle in the intellectual milieu, first as a student and later on as a professional.
Red Cross Youth Council - Pharmacy Unit
RED CROSS YOUTH COUNCIL– PHARMACY UNIT (RCYC) has the following as objectives: a) to serve the focal point through which incoming Red Cross Services can be coordinated; b) to serve as outlets for college Red Cross volunteer services in the community; c) to enable the college community to learn about and obtain Red cross services available to students and their families; d) to assist the university in disaster preparedness, planning and safety procedures; and e) to serve as information center to students about features of the Red Cross.
Scarlet - Pharmacy Unit
SCARLET – PHARMACY UNIT (Filipino-Chinese Student Association) was created to promote social services to the community, to foster better relationship among Chinese and non-Chinese students through exchange of culture. Furthermore, it encourages the members to participate in wholesome activities geared towards total development of both intellectual as well as social growth of the individual.
Community Achievers Association - Pharmacy Unit
COMMUNITY ACHIEVERS ASSOCIATION – PHARMACY UNIT (COMACH) is an organization that is geared towards individual and community empowerment. It fosters the camaraderie among students, faculty, alumni, and the authorities of the UST for the social, cultural and moral development of the members, as well as, the whole Thomasian studentry. The UST COMACH shall work for an environment whereby the students shall have an opportunity to develop and train themselves as effective future leaders and socially conscientious individuals. It is a founding member of the Alliance of Filipino-Chinese Students (AFICS).
Administration, Officials, and Staff
Prof. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, PhD, Dean
Rev. Fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P., Regent
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Freida Z. Hapan, PhD, Assistant Dean
Asst. Prof. Renz Kenneth G. Cadiang, MSc, Faculty Secretary
Prof. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, PhD, Chair
Rev. fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P., Member (Ex-Officio)
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Freida Z. Hapan, PhD, Member (Ex-Officio)
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Cristina C. Doria, PhD, Member
Assoc. Prof. Nelson Tubon, MD, Member
Asst. Prof. Ma. Socorro Crooc, MSc, Member
Asst. Prof. Andrea Vargas, MSc, Member
Mr. Renz Kenneth S. Cadiang, MSc, Ex-Officio Secretary
Administration Office, 2/F Main Building
University of Santo Tomas Campus – España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila 1008
Telefax: +63-2-731-4040 | +63-2-406-1611 loc. 8223
The University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Pharmacy is the first to offer Pharmacy in the Philippines. It was founded in May 29, 1871 by virtue of the Modification of the Moret Decree. During the Spanish regime, the course took 6 years to finish, then was reduced to 4 years when the Americans took over. By 1926, the Faculty of Pharmacy was the first to accept female students.
The Faculty of Pharmacy continued to grow with the addition of programs leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1958 and Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1962. In both cases, the University of Santo Tomas has gained the distinction of introducing these programs first time in the Philippines. In 2006, the 5 year BS Pharmacy major in Clinical Pharmacy was offered that paved the way for graduates to venture into another promising field of Pharmacy practice.
Fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P.