27 rank 2019 Best Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines

2019 Best Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines with School Logos

A total of twenty-seven colleges and universities make the list of the 2019 Best Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines, based on overall board exam performance, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. (READ: 2019 Top Performing Pharmacy Schools in the Philippines)

Of the 104 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in pharmacy, only 27 qualified to make the list.

The University of Santo Tomas leads the list with a 93.25% overall score, after registering a weighted passing rate of 91.88% in this year’s two pharmacist licensure examinations, with large number of examinees, with top 5 performing examinee, lower faculty-student ratio, and being the sole university in the country accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as the Center of Excellence (COE) in Pharmacy.

Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela follows with an overall score of 87.79 percent. The university is accredited as the Center of Development (COD) in Pharmacy, the only university in the country having such accreditation level.

Centro Escolar University-Manila holds the third rank at 85.43%, and the fourth rank to the Saint Louis University at 82.83%.

The fifth rank, University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao City is at 78.90% overall score, while the University of San Agustin holds the sixth rank at 78.89%.

The seventh in the ranking is the University of the Philippines-Manila at 78.50%, followed by the University of San Carlos, holding the eighth rank at 76.90%. 

Adamson University holds the ninth rank at 72.67%, while San Pedro College-Davao City at 10th rank with 72.59% overall score.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two pharmacist licensure examinations in 2019, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the pharmacy undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used for 2019 pharmacy licensure examinations were 80% and above (similar to the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 15 examinees (similar to the PRC’s 15 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

27 Best Philippine Schools with Pharmacy Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTAL% PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS93.254073644391.88%10080COE1001:151585
2OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-VALENZUELA87.792384828683.22%100100COD901:353565
3CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MANILA85.433968548182.33%10080Level IV801:191985
4SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY82.83235423998.32%10040Level II601:272775
5UNIVERSITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION-DAVAO78.901573118883.51%8090Level II601:181885
6UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN78.892152824388.48%10090Not Accredited301:141485
7UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA78.5066066100.00%40100Level II601:151585
8UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS76.907237596.00%5080Level II601:161685
9ADAMSON UNIVERSITY72.674714897.91%4040Level III701:232375
10SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY72.591823822082.72%9040Level II601:484855
11MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC69.467367992.40%5040Level I501:141485
12CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MAKATI68.201122513781.75%7040Level I501:232375
13NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA67.962512696.16%3040Level II601:212175
14DE LA SALLE MEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE66.0033033100.00%3040Not Accredited301:77100
15ST. SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE-TACLOBAN65.142622892.86%3040Candidate401:88100
16NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE65.1474148884.09%5040Level I501:232375
17LYCEUM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY-DAGUPAN CITY64.922923193.55%3060Level I501:494955
18CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY64.841142714180.85%7040Not Accredited301:151585
19OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-ANTIPOLO CITY64.631022512780.32%6040Level I501:373765
20COLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN-BACOLOD CITY64.5029029100.00%3040Not Accredited301:161685
21UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI63.5028028100.00%3040Not Accredited301:242475
22UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN62.5018018100.00%3040Not Accredited301:373765
23SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-TUGUEGARAO61.286096986.96%4040Candidate401:353565
24LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY-BATANGAS,INC59.642622892.86%3040Not Accredited301:393965
25ARAULLO UNIVERSITY59.151611794.12%3040Not Accredited301:414155
26SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY59.0944105481.48%4040Not Accredited301:151585
27CEBU DOCTORS' UNIVERSITY58.442853384.85%3040Not Accredited301:131385
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