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FILIPINO GRADUATE INTERN PHARMACIST experience (AFTER FPGEE BEFORE NAPLEX)

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Hi everyone, it has been a while since I last blogged.
It’s just a month to go then I will be completing my internship hours. I know that after passing the FPGEE and TOEFL this is another obstacle since the recession made it difficult for foreign grads to find internship position in the location most accessible to them.
It has been a great experience overall since the practice of pharmacy in Philippines is totally different. Pharmacist here are called “doc,dr” and they do deserve it, they know not just the drug but they can even diagnose which I did not know how after graduating from a pharm school. Maybe I do but not as in depth from what they studied here but it can be learned through books, reading and experience. It is a plus factor being a doctor of medicine of course but I know if I did not pursue graduate school it is not impossible to pass FPGEE but it will just take more effort and patience.
Anyways, I worked with clerk and technician in an independent pharmacy and mostly we handle derma prescription since we are next to dermatologist. It is not as busy as the big chain so I was able to learn everybody’s task, which is good so that if you don’t have the tech or clerks you still know how to manage on your own. It is a whole new experience for me answering a call, dealing with the customers, greeting everyone “Hi , How are you, How may I help you, Thank you and Have a good day”……. we did not have these in Philippines. I do not remember going to pharmacy being greeted like this well hindi lang siguro ako sanay since when I got here I have to get accustomed to that not just in pharmacy but in any establishment here. Being able to compound some RX is nice too since not a lot does that. What I had difficulty with at the beginning is running the computer, there are commands that you have to know so you can transmit to the insurance. Wala din insurance sa Phi to transmit the prescription bills, mostly its cash in Phi. Well in the end I guess in any field thats why there is such a thing called internship is for us to get used to the ways and system so that it will be easier to troubleshoot and work when we become full-pledge professionals.
I know everybody has different experiences, good or bad share it here so that others can learn from it and expect these things to come.

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  1. Dear Abby and everyone. I am a US citizen considering going to pharmacy school in the philippines this june 2011. the school i am looking at is CEU 5 year bachelors, but one of my biggest concerns is being able to come back to the states and practice pharmacy. i’ve been searching the internet for blogs for any success stories to keep my hopes up. ive even tried to meet current filipino pharmacists working here that are alumni from the philippines but unfortunately i have only heard negative things. its a blessing that i have found this site because you all have such positive attitudes. i am wondering how long from the time you graduate to the time you take each test (fpgee, naplex, cpje) does it take. is it a matter of years or a matter of months? has anyone personally graduated from philippines and is now a pharmacist in the states (particularly CA or NV), or knows of anyone who is. i’m trying to find as much information as possible which would help me decide my future before june. thank you all so much.

    • Hi Christine, the only question I think I can answer applicable to me is the time table to study to become licensed. For FPGEE it took me 4 months to study M-F 8-10 hours/day. I was more intimated with the FPGEE than NAPLEX since most says the former is harder, and it is. For TOEFL I think with extensive practice 2 months is enough. Although NAPLEX is easier than FPGEE it took me 10 months for this, well this time I have a baby to consider and because of the notion that it will be easier then I was more laid back studying…..but don’t do that 3-4 months 10 hours 5 days a week is enough for NAPLEX. CPJE should be taken a month after the NAPLEX so everything else is fresh. I hope someone who graduated after 2003 who made it as a Pharma here in USA will come across our site and share their story.
      Best of luck to you.

  2. I would like to get license in Philappines to practise pharmacy. I am a US pharmacist. Is this something that can happen in your country. Presently hospital pharmacist, but also background in retail (chains, private, and profession) and consulting (reviewing medical charts) Would be most interested in ownig pharmacy (maybe not possible in your country) or teaching.

    Thanks,

    Really a great group of people who wrote comments on this site. Good luck to you all.

    • Thanks for visiting our site, this is a rare and unique situation after all. First time somebody from here wanting to move back to PHI to practice. If you are a graduate from there then you would know whats the practice of Pharma is like, I would say totally different from here because of the health care system. Well if not, I hope somebody will enlighten you in terms of experience at work since my exposure in PHI is entirely as a Physician. I am not 100% sure but I think there is no reciprocation for Pharma nor they allow foreign grads or citizen to seat in for PHI Board Exam. I would think that your best chance is to be an educator or perhaps have your own Review center for those wanting to go here in USA to take the FPGEE and NAPLEX.

  3. Hi, I don’t mean to butt in….It’s just that I’m also a pharmacy grad here in Pinas and I’m also dying to take the FPGEE but I have no idea where to start…I graduated from a 5-year curriculum in Cebu and I’m pretty sure I can qualify for the test since I already have two classmates on their post-FPGEE internships in the States. Other than that morsel, I’m lost…What do I have to study for? How long should I expect to wait til my application is gets approved? Should I secure my visa first or the FPGEE application? My goal is to leave the country by early 2012…Is that possible? Any answer would be greatly appreciated… Thanks!

    • The best way to start your journey is read through the official website http://www.nabp.net. This will guide you on what you need to know for the whole process. Now for the visa there is no assurance some say they are given a month just to take the test others say you shouldn’t mention it to the consul. So there is really no guarantee if you will be granted visa or not for the purpose of taking the test. I am not sure how long it will take for your documents to be processed since it has to be sent there but here it usually takes 2-3 weeks. As for what you have to study I have shared and reviewed the materials I used for the test which can be found here in this website. Good luck.

    • WHAT SCHOOL IN CEBU THAT A 5 YR PROGRAM. CAN U LET KNOW. THANK U.

    • Hello Abby, i am scheduled to sit for fpgee this coming november 9, may i know what is the hardest part of the exams? thank u in advance for your reply

  4. Ang hirap makakita talaga po ng intership. Nag pre-pre-pharm po ako dito sa California. Nung napasa ko po ang board exam na PTCB para sa pharm techs para maging CPhT ay akala ko na madaling makakuha na ng tatanggap sa akin. Ang problema kasi ay ang RATIO ng pharmacist to technician na 1:1 sa California (and 1:2 kung may 2nd pharmcist). Hindi ako makapag practice as a pharm tech para lang to get a feel of how the field is and get a background on filling/dispensing drugs. Nagsulat na ako ng letters ng request (na super professional kamo) sa CVS, Walgreens, Costco, pati Walmart (may kaibigan pa kamo ko dun pero sabi eh tatawagan na lang ako pero wala silang intership ngayon for pharmacists and pharm techs). alam nyo po itong USA recession (or depression) ay sobrang bad timing sa ating mga careers. Sobrang laki ng hirap natin tapos ang nakakalungkot eh pano kung hindi tayo makapagpractice. nag apply din ako ngayon sa Kaiser, Sutter, Mercy, pati VA, pero ewan ko talagang malas lang talaga. Ang habol ko lang naman eh intership (o externship). Kaasar talaga. Nag iisip nga po ako kung paano yong ibang pinoy nakapasok as Pharm Tech sa Kaiser eh wala naman silang experience pa… ang iniisip ko either gumawa lang sila ng mga kunyari-yarian na experience sa pilipinas sa Watsons drug o ibang botika kaya sila natanggap (alam mo naman ang mga pinoy gagawa ng paraan para lang makapasok). Hindi ko kasi kayang magawa yon dahil baka sa interview eh pagtatanungin ako eh mangulelat ako… kahit na nga ba nag top ako sa college namin sa pharm tech program at naka 98% ako na grade nung natapos ko ang program ko eh sigurado may karma lang ang pagkukunyari… ewan ko ang hirap talaga. email nyo lang po ako please kung saan puede mag intern/extern bilang pharm tech po. Hirap na hirap na po ako. nwawalan na ako ng pag-asa.

    • Keep your hopes up, we are on the same position I am looking for a job and has been waiting for a couple of weeks now. I received one call and they want experience in hospital which I don’t have. If you are willing din try to volunteer sa hospital or independent pharmacy but wala nga lang salary. Thats what I did for my internship kasi ang hirap mag hintay and my end goal din naman is to complete the required hours and not waste more time since I would benefit more in being a pharma once I get my hours done. I know my friends are telling me compared to couple of yrs back meron sila mga sign in bonus as interns pa lang, ngayon halos wala na gumagawa nun unless they are sending you sa remote areas. Well if you are willing to relocate I know there is more jobs in the Central CA, this is the website I found where I submit my resume indeed.com. Lets both keep praying and hoping, there are 3 listing nga for pharma position in Kaiser in our area and up to now I am wondering why I haven’t heard from them. Well God knows best kung san tayo mabuting makapag work. Sana our long wait will be over soon. Good luck :)

  5. wala po ba tayong Philippines Pharmacist Association kung saan tayo makakahingi ng tulong o training man lang? Dapat magkaroon na tayo ng ganito dahil lahat ng ibang lahi meron nito tayo lang ata walang samahan pa.

    • You know I wish there is a Filipino-American asso too so we can help our kabayans.

      • Hayyy.. oo nga…. we need to connect with our fellow pharmacist/interns/students, US is so different. for sure marami pa din ang nahihirapan… I wish too I can help :)

        • I know iba talaga practice dito ng pharma, the least we can do is help each other out, kahit papano para moral support and each others input is important. Hope we will all be able to help each other, pareparehas lang naman tayo ng goal.
          Hopefully you will keep in touch with all those seeking our help through our website. Thanks

        • Hi Abby, hello Ning, and hello to all visiting this blog.

          I came to your blog by chance. To be honest it was the color of the picture that caught my attention and its overall appearance … friendly, neat, organized and sunny!

          The name of the blog was even catchier!

          I am also a Phil Pharmacy graduate. I have now a valid certificate. Many of my batch mates applied for their internship license immediately after receiving their certificates only to face a huge obstacle caused by the recession.

          Aware of the economic situation and the validity of the internship license, I decided to seek out an intern job first and apply for my lic. later. Unfortunately, no companies will pay for an intern now, just like you guys said. As a result I ended up being a Pharm Tech. Need to pay the bills, you know.

          This not-so-good predicament worked in my favor immediately after coz both of my parents got very ill. I had to help my sister provide care of them.

          Very saddened by the demise of my father, it is now time to move on. After 2 yrs of not reading/studying, had no previous pharmacy work in the Phil, except just for the internship, I am now preparing myself for yet another challenge.

          I am sending my license application next week. Just started reading again. Will volunteer as an intern. Tough situation but i need to do this.

          Everybody says the same thing about NAPLEX being easier than FPGEE. I guess I will find out my truth after I have taken the NAPLEX test.

          To answer your query about Filipino Pharmacist association in the U.S.?

          I am somewhat part of this organization. Not officially, coz I am not aware if there is membership registration and dues. I never asked. I am in the same group of people who help one another in their FPGEE and NAPLEX review. Most of its members are long time Pharmacists in California. Some of their activities are funding pharmacy tuition to some deserving individuals in the Phil., Bantay Bata, sending old books and toys to orphanages there, etc.

          I know the president. If you are interested, I could get you in touch with her. Ok., have a blessed day to you all.

          • BTW, one of the members is a retired Fil-Am Pharmacist, who resides in Nevada. She had her practice there for a very long time.

          • It would be nice if he/she can help out our fellow kabayans who are starting their career here in USA. Or at least shed some light on the other options for pharmacist here in USA. :)

          • Your response is very informative indeed. Please do send contact info as it would be nice to help in our own ways of giving back. I got 2 offers now,as a pharmacist after doing volunteer internship as well, but the problem is the offers are being a floater . Better than nothing I guess but right now I am awaiting my current employer plans of expanding….crossing my fingers and if everything goes well, I will be working for them where I am more familiar of how things are….Best of luck to you.

  6. I am a pharmacist in Ohio (US Pharmacy graduate.) I just want to comment that pharmacist-hopefuls do not belittle pharmacist/intern jobs in the Midwest or any other state for that matter other than California in the USA. In my practice as a pharmacist, average salaries for US pharmacists are over one hundred thousand dollars a year. If you get offered a job in the midwest for a hundred thousand dollars or more a year wouldn’t you take it even if it is in the midwest?

    • IMHO, it is not a matter of belittling jobs in other state but it can be for some other reason not just the salary. As for me, if I can find job in CA even if it is less than what is being paid in other state I would be satisfied since I like the weather here. Another thing is that my husbands family is all from CA too and it is nice that we get help taking care of our little one. But I have to agree with you though, that anywhere in USA the demand for health care field is still on the rise and will continue to do so, hence for those without any other considerations specially those needing sponsorship it really wouldn’t matter as long as they set foot in the US soil. :)
      Thanks for your comment.

  7. Hi Abby and everyone…. Omg… an dami palang mga Filipino with the same fate as I am… thank you abby and for everyone for the blogs akala ko ako lang nag iisa at na super stress na… I am from UST also finished my 1500 hours internship then ma hospital pa, then NAPLEX and CJ na… Thanks for the info regarding NAPLEX. @Maria..keep it up malapit na, don’t give up. And for those looking for internship and sponsorship keep looking and asking around. Kaiser I think is accepting interns ask around and do online applications and walk ins sa mga retail and chains. Please pray for me, I submitted my application with NABP for my Naplex just waiting to finish my hospital then I will by taking my NAPLEX by May… haaaayyyyy…. nakakamatay!!!! Pray for me mga kababayan ko… Oh by the way I took my toefel in the philippines then when I passed my FPGEE, they send my certificate within 2 weeks or so… So you can take your toefel in the philippines then fpgee here para mabilis makuha yung certificate so that you can apply for an intern lic.

    Hope this helps… God bless everyone and more power to us all…Dream on and never give up!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. Right now I am job hunting too, I have been submitting my resume online for more than a month and so far only 3 replies and I have no idea of the status since they haven’t gotten back to me again. My husband was telling me, there is a process may system on how you get hired it will take time hindi naman daw fast food chain inaaplayan ko. So I am keeping my hopes up, God will provide and He knows in His time when it is best and which one will be the right one for us. SO keep hanging in there everyone.
      Good luck on your NAPLEX. Hopefully my tips will be valuable to you. Let me know if you need some advice or anything like that. God bless.

      • Thanks Abby, I will keep you posted and others as well and I will leave some advices also re my NAPLEX, hope it will help our fellow pharmacist and thanks pag malapit na for sure hihingi ako ng tip and advices :) And yes, everything is in God’s time. All the best Abby, keep us posted if my work kana…we are happy for you.

        And for those seeking internship in the US, CHECK first the state you want to have your internship or where you want to be licensed, different state have different set of rules and guidelines regarding pharmacist intern license some have 1200 hrs and others have 1500 hrs in order for you to qualify and take the board examinations. TIP: Just be deligent . God bless everyone! :)

  8. HI DOES ANYONE MADE WITH A 4 YRS DEGREE FROM CEBU IN 1999. I NAPLEX IS GIVING ME HARD TIME JUST TO TAKE THE FPGEE. I GIVE THEM ALL MY APPLICATION AND THE FEE. STILL WITH NO LUCK. IS THERE ANYONE THAT WENT HOME TO FINISH A YR OR TWO PROGRAM IN MANILA. IF SO CAN YOU LET ME KNOW

  9. CON GRAD WHAT YR DID U FINISH SCHOOL. DID U FINISH YOUR A 5 YR PROGRAM. WHAT SCHOOL DID U GO TOO. JUST WHATING I HAVE COUPLE OF INDIA WHOSE ARE TECH. BUT SINCE PAST COUPLE OF MONTH THEY ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN INDIA SO THAT HAVE A 5 YR, INSTEAD OF 4 YR. IS NAPLEX ALLOW THIS????? WOULD NAPLEX LET US TAKE THE FPGEE TEST. DID ANYONE HEAR OF IT

  10. Hi Ray, you should check with the NABP I graduated with a 4 year curriculum, had my credentials evaluated and submitted it to the NABP and yes, I qualified to take the test (FPGEE), try to follow the procedures and the requirements. Correct me if I am wrong, what I know is that 2003 graduate and below with a 4-yr curriculum are qualified to take the FPGEE, but I had a friend older than me was informed that she has to take more subjects in order for her to sit for the FPGEE, so the best is to have your college transcripts be evaluated. You have to pass first your FGEE have your FPGEC then internship or whatever is the requirements of the state you want to sit for the board an approval from that state then NAPLEX will allow you to take the exam for the stateboard.

    • yes that’s right,graduates from 2003 below can take the fpgee with 4 yr pharmacy degree…2004 above….sorry guys take the 5 yr pharmacy degree to qualify for fpgee

  11. Abby:

    Hello!..Is TOEFL or IELTS needed o requirement ba talaga na kumuha kahit immigrant ka dito sa US? dahil sa ibang course like nursing, medtech & etc. wala na silang english test. yang sa mga immigrants. kaya nga I am confuse sa atin may english test kahit immigrant. kung may english tayo, after na ba yan sa fpgee or before?
    thank you so much. God bless.

    • Hi grace, it is a requirement for foreign graduates to take fpgee even if you are an immigrant just like myself. There are certain groups pushing to lessen the speaking score requirements but nothing has changed yet. It is quite challenging but just practice a lot.It doesn’t matter if you take it before or after from what I know couple of years ago there is no more expiration of TOEFL once you pass it, cause before there is a 2 yr expiration after passing. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  12. Abby,
    Did you volunteer your internship or did you get paid for it? Where did you do it? I am just about starting my internship too? How is job-hunting going for you? Please shed some light about your situation. Did you need a sponsorship visa? Thank you

    • I did volunteer for internship since the other offers I got from the big chains require me to move to central CA which I was not considering at that time since I have a year old son. I did it in a private independent pharmacy in Upland. I am still job hunting its been 2 months already and people are telling me with our economic situation the waiting time sometimes take a bit more longer compared before. Well I know there are still a lot of opportunities specially in the central area. No I do need any spnsorship since I am an immigrant. Thanks for visiting our site.

      • Thank you for getting back to me. All the best with your job search

      • Hi Abby, some Pharmacists including local grads are opting for REGISTRY. I heard they are getting much lesser pay than the individuals directly hired by their employers. REGISTRY RXists do not get benefits + they have to pay commission to the registry owner. Many local grads & foreign grads from my workplace took this route just to get some kind of income, and while waiting for better opportunities. just an insight.

  13. Hi, Abby! I’m a UST pharmacy graduate, licensed here in the phils. i tried appling for the fpgee way back 2005-2006.di lang ako makakuha ng us visa sa embassy.ngayon tuloy, 6 yrs naset aside ang dream ko to work and bring my family there.qualified naman ako to take the exam accdg to nabp but the us embassy here denied my visa application 3times. any advise for me on how will i make it there sa US? may immigrant na kasi yata kayo diyan? good for you..i will include you in my prayers. tama bang we seek the advice of visa experts who have a certain fee.medyo mahal kasi..hope to hear from you..Godbless and goodluck!

    • I just made a post regarding this a week ago…
      click here
      If you really are decided to move here then I guess it is worth it to hire visa experts kasi ganun din you will waste more money kung you would keep trying and then in the end still be denied of visa. Maybe that is something to try but you have to remember still it does not guarantee anything pero at least you try all your options.
      Thanks, hope you get your visa soon. God bless

  14. Hi Abby, hope your doing well… regarding your NAPLEX exam and CJPE what kind of reviewers you used and did you enrolled in those 5 days intensive review? And regarding the NAPLEX exam are they all clinical questions? can you give me some birds eye view? And for the CJPE what I am doing is just reading the entire California Pharmacy Law Book, will this be enough for the CJPE? Hope you can enlighten me. Thanks much and God bless

  15. Hi Abby! I graduated with doctor of medicine in the Philippines. After 3 yrs of residency training, I decided to moved out and lived with my husband in NV. I would like to ask if it is a wise idea to study pharmacy in the Philippines? I find it hard to move on and get a better job since I don’t consider to take USMLE.What are some lists of Schools of Pharmacy in the Philippines that you can recommend? I dont know how long does it take for me to study? I also consider taking nursing in the BSN in Pnas but sch of nursing change the curriculum to 5 yrs. Other sch require me to take 3 1/2 yrs. I think it’s just all because of business since it is recession, no issuance of visa too. How can they feed their families? Before they only require MDs for 1 yr and then able to take NCLEX. I had a very bad experienced to share. I enrolled in Kennedy Global sch of Practical Nursing last 2009 ( online w/ 1 mo clinical in pnas) because I was so desperate at least to have a better job then afterwards I felt so devastated when I learned that NV Board of Nursing told me that they cant accept my diploma of Practical Nursing because it is nonexisting in the Philippines. The founder of the sch Mrs Kennedy told me before i enrolled that there’s no problem even for reciprocity of lic in NV. I wasn’t wise when I made the decision. I thought it was alright since they have physical sch in Pnas. I failed to ask the NV Board of nursing. I spent $5500 tuition. I was sad that we can’t trust our kababayan. I was so cautious and careful and yet I was betrayed and all was fraud. I can’t understand but what can I do. I wasnt able to do what i should have done before. I am trapped and I hope that I can still find the right path. Please help me. Thanks!!

    • I am sorry to here what you went through, even here meron din mga school of nursing claiming they are accredited and later when its time to take the test they would find out na di pala recognize ung school. I know some pnoy who went through the same thing. IMHO, if Pharmacy is not your pre med course this is not the way to go since the curriculum is 5 yrs too and this has been the requirement for 2003 onwards graduate but still there is no guarantee that you will be able to seat in for test. From what I know they have not accepted our 5 yr curriculum, although it is really not consistent. Meron nakakalusot meron hindi, pero yung kilala ko she went to 5 yrs school in PHI then ended up having to take another yr of completion subjects here in USA as required by the evaluators which cost her $18k ( not sure if this is per sem).
      Perhaps the best step to take is your pre med since your are decided to set medicine aside. If you are not considering your preparatory course as well then the next best option is nursing specially if you are an immigrant or authorized to work here in USA. Sabi nga this is the land of opportunity madami options but we have to focus to one and know the ins and out kasi iba din yung mga requirement and practice of profession. Kung gusto mo talaga ng pharmacy din and you are here na in NV then you can study here but you have to start from scratch, 2 pharmacist na nakasama ko sa work 1 Thai and the other Korean despite finishing school in their country they repeated everything again instead of just taking the equivalency and the rest of the test for foreign grads. In the end it really depends on what you think and feel that you will be happy doing. Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks for sharing your experience which may be of help to some of our kababayans. God bless.

  16. Hi Abby! I’m Hennie and I am currently in the US military but my contract is up next year and i am really considering becoming a pharmacist. Me and the hubby decided to go back to study in the Philippines and saw that CEU has this 6-year pharmacy course and I am really interested in taking that. Now, my question is, i read somewhere that in the Philippines, after you take the BS-Pharmacy and finish, before you get to do the 2-yr PharmD you are required to take the licensure in the Philippines. PRC requires that in order to take the licensure exam you have to be a Natural-born Filipino, my case is I was born in the Philippines and got Naturalized US Citizen. Can i still take it if I show evidence that I was indeed born in the Philippines? Also what are the steps you took in order to become a licensed Pharmacist here in the US? Any info would be really appreciated! :)

    • Hello, I think it is a requirement to take the licensure before you can apply for the test here, its good that you were born there cause I read somewhere where this guy shared his story that being born here and finish pharm school in PHI he was unable to take the test. You can be dual citizen if it really ask you to be but being born there I think you still will be eligible. Now the CEU program I am not sure if the Boards here recognize it. As I have mention in some of my post it is not a guarantee cause I know some people who took the 5yr course in Cebu ended up taking up additional units here in USA. But nonetheless it is way cheaper than studying here. If I am not mistaken my preceptor told me roughly it is $150,000 now to complete a PharmD course here in USA. So that it is insanely cheaper and better if you will just need completion subjects once you get back here.
      Steps to become a Pharmcist:
      Take TOEFL- requirement for foreign grads, FPGEE- equivalency exam but prior to this ECE will evaluate your credentials to be able to be qualified, then do the internship depending on which state you will reside the hours are different in some state you can take the NAPLEX before you complete or start internship, one of this is NV, then take the NAPLEX which is the state boards and finally CPJE/MPJE…..thats it :)
      Do some more research don’t ask the school cause they will tell you a different story perhaps go to some more forum or you can read more in the experience of our kabayans and maybe send an email to one of them. I know there is a bond or fee for US student like my classmates so you have to be sure that you will not have problems with the curriculum.
      Best of luck to you

  17. HEY GUYSS!!
    NEED YOUR HELP
    INCOMING THIRD YEAR AKO SA CEU MENDIOLA..
    PERMANENT RESIDENT AKO DTO SA USA

    HND KO ALAM KUNG UUWI AKO SA PINAS PRA MGTAPOS O MAGARAL NLNG DTO SA USA..
    HELP|!!!

    • Hi Jem make an inquiry and have your transcript evaluated in schools of pharma that way you will know how much your tuition will be if this is acceptable then just finish it here, just my opiniion. But if you think it is too much and they wouldn’t even credit any of your sunbects then that is something to think about. There are many factors to consider still, if you plan to finish in PHI you should not get your US citizenship up until you finish the BOARDs in PHI to be eligible. Another thing is you have to know that the process if you finish overseas will be longer since you have to go through ece, fpgee, toefl….. The last and probably the most important thing to consider is that if you are a graduate here in US you will be more prioritized for internship and job opportunities. Well I guess that is reasonable enough since they do pay a lot in Pharm school. In the end it is all up to you but this are just some things that you might want to think about. Good luck.

  18. hi abby! it’s been a while since i sent my comments here. are you still looking for a job? why don’t you try applying in a health plan like blue shield of california, healthnet, etc. they are all located here in the bay area.
    anyway, i am still in the process of searching for internship work but its really been so hard in this market. i found an independent pharmacy where i can volunteer but only on a saturday. i work full time in a health plan in sf. i can’t give it up due to financial reasons, family, home, bills, etc…. i was wondering if you ever encountered someone who was able to extend their intern license. i got my intern license on march 2010 and is only good for 2 years. with intern hours of saturdays only, i won’t finish by march 2012. per the pharmacy law book, it can be extended upon the discretion of the board of pharmacy if you are able to demonstrate your inability to exercise this privilege of the intern license during the initial license period. do you think this is a possibility? appreciate your input and let me know if you are interested to work in manage care as a pharmacist. i will keep an eye of openings in the pharmacy department. thanks and God bless.

    • Thanks for keeping us posted. Yes I am still looking for a job. How were you able to get a job in an insurance company. At this time I just keep applying, where do you suggest I submit my resume or better yet what did you do to get a position there. Maybe if you know if they have an opening, some people say it is easier if you know somebody from the inside.
      I know they don’t usually extend the license but it is purely up to the boards. I think I remember somebody who was able to extend it twice because of family matters, it is worth a shot to give it a try so you know where you stand.
      Thanks for your offer and I do need it, let me know the process and maybe I can apply to other companies too. Best of luck.

      • thanks for your response. i will probably need to request the extension soon.
        yes, i have been lucky to be with this company for almost 14 years. i came from walgreens when i applied and i started as a customer service rep for the pharmacy dept talking to patients about their medications, whether or not it is covered or not and why it was denied. because of my background and my goal to be a pharmacist, im one of the team leads working closely with drug utlization review clinical pharmacists and the medical director. i have daily clinical rounds with them as well. its like in the hospital but instead of seeing patients face to face, i review cases from chart notes, lab reports, consult notes from specialists, etc. then we review cases clinically based on medical necessity to determine coverage of the drug. its really very interesting and looking forward to comeback here when i get my pharm license. i also came from a teaching hospital at ucsf inpatient pharmacy. at this time, there is no opening for a pharmacist. we even have a pharmacy resident who is interested in getting employed. she’s been here almost a year and she graduated from uscf and is a pharmd. i know its been tough to get jobs even for pharmacist. i wish you luck as well and will keep you posted. congratulations for getting your pharm license. great work on this blog. -ljam

  19. Hi abby,

    Im a pharmacist and md too batch 97 and 01. Are you from ust?

  20. Hi abby, I just passed my FPGEC requirements and im just wondering if you know any companies that are willing to sponsor for my visa. Im willing to work in any part of the US.

  21. UST is also offering a 5-year Clinical Pharmacy program. But there is just one section (50 students) allotted for that program. To be able to enter into that program, one should take qualifying exams during the senior year of BS Pharmacy and also an interview will be needed except for those who are included Top 20 in the exam. They have a clerkship during the second semester of 5th year (either St. Luke’s or UST hospital).

  22. Hi Abby! thanks for this blog…i’ve been trying to look for Filipino pharmacist here in the US.
    When did you take your NAPLEX? how hard was it? I am on my third take and I am getting frustrated. Do you know of any foreign grad here in NJ/NY area reviewing for NAPLEX or licensed already? thanks!

    • I took it October last year, you can read my blog about the NAPLEX test through this website. I also mentioned the books that I used. Sorry don’t know anybody reviewing at the moment.

  23. Hi! tanong ko lang po. ano po ba magandang starting experience as a licensed pharmacist?

    • I hope somebody will answer that too since I got my license and I just want to have a job at this time.

      • hello, from all the experiences i had in all the pharmacy settings, i think the best starting experience would be as an inpatient pharmacist in a hospital setting. you will learn a lot from dispensing unit dose prescriptions to checking off iv, chemo, tpn, compounding, pharmacy calculations, etc. although, i am not a pharmacist yet and still working on my intern hours as a volunteer in an independent pharmacy. i’ve worked closely with clinical pharmacist more than 10 years and so far, hospital pharmacy is a good foundation as a pharmacist. hope this helps.

        • I was a hospital pharmacist back home.but I migrated here in New Jersey and from then on started a business.actually,the business is 11 yrs already but I’m considering now to practice our profession.My other classmates are now licensed pharmacist in North Carolina.They are employed at RiteAid pharmacy.So I was inspired by them and hopefully I can pass the FPGEE.All I need now is to submit my application to NABP and of course take time to review.just don’t lose hope and keep trying.I wish everyone all the best and keep the faith.

  24. Hi I am an American citizen who traveled to the Philippines to study pharmacy. I just graduated from a 5yr clinical pharmacy program. I am preparing to study for the FPGEE now. Can anyone share their experience with the exam as well as what review materials they used? Thanks!

    • Hi I did a review on the books I used for the FPGEE and NAPLEX, in that thread which is in this website too someone shared their most recent experience with the test. You may have to read the comments section on that thread so you have to be patient :0
      Good luck to u!

    • Hi! I also graduated from a 5 yr clinical pharmacy program & I’ve already taken the FP last year. I can give you some tips if you want. Which school did you graduate from? UIC or USC?

  25. wow, nakakainspire talaga etong blog mo miss abby.

    Im FPGEE passer, sept 2010. sana soon makapag-intern na din ako, then NAPLEX boards na. kaya lng ang hirap ng toefl, nkaka-2 takes na ko, hirap pumasok sa 26 score sa speaking.. then another problem is visa, 1 year na lng valid ang tourist visa ko!! i need to pass toefl next year no matter what!! kaya lng kung pumasa naman ako, kelangan ko pa humanap ng way para maging resident sa US. ang hirap!! please pray for us inspiring US pharmacists!

    btw, im USTgrad 2007, then i took 1 year clin pharm sa UIC davao,2010. madami na kameng mga grads dun na nkapag take ng FP. un lng, d ko din sure kung accepted un sa Pharm D sa CEU.

    • hey! any idea ano susunod? haha. walang hiring eh. grad din ako ng clin pharm sa uic. :)

    • Thanks for sharing, things are tough now I mean the economic situation here in USA but there are still jobs out there not as easy to get one as before. Still waiting to find mine too but keep your hopes up and look forward to the best things that God planned for us :))

  26. I’ve already taken the FP & the TOEFL iBT and passed. I actually already have my certificate. Nandun nga sya sa drawer ko, bored na. I’m interested for an internship in California (yeah, right. goodluck with that!) because all of my relatives are based there. I’ve been hearing different stuff from several people I know. When applying, which should come first?
    1. apply for an internship license
    or
    2. apply to a company for the position?
    And has anyone heard of InterFysio?

    • Most company would require you to have the license before hiring you. I know most of the company that did sponsorship before are not doing it anymore since they are expecting a surge of pharmacist grads from USA in the coming years. Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS are some of these company that used to do it. When I had a job interview there are many benefits which was not there anymore compared to couple of years ago like sign on bonus, relocation allowance, driving time payment…so I know they are cutting on the budget since there is more pharmacist and they do not need to offer those incentives to fill in the positions. But as I say there are still some areas where some pharmacist would not go to who may be in need of our services so it is stilll good to try and keep applying. Check out indeed.com or simplhired.com, I see listing for grad pharma listed on these sites.

  27. I also forgot to mention that I only have a tourist visa. Which means if I do apply for the internship license first, I’ll be having problems with the social security # which is one of the requirements.

    • Hi, a tip for clarissa you have the same problem as i have before I did not have an SS#, so I seek an advice from a Pharmacist working in the US, she said submit all your documents to the board and apply for an intern lic. What harm will it do to you? So I did, then they replied saying they will hold my lic card until I have my SS# for a year then after a year without the number they will closed it and considered it abandoned. So it will be a big risk for you, submit and look for a company to sponsor you as an intern pharmacist within 1 year. You have to weigh in all the pros and cons. Hope for the best. Good luck.

  28. Hello!

    Nice conversations, very helpful. I received my FPGEC certificate last year and I am currently looking for a working visa sponsorship but still no luck. I am on the verge of giving up pero naisip ko sobrang sayang naman. Can you advise on how to find an employer? I prefer Boston, MA. Nalulungkot na din kasi ko when I receive e-mails from the chain drugstores saying that they are not accepting interns since last year. Don’t know what to do.. How many hours pala ang internship? After nun, NAPLEX na? Tama ba? I’m clueless what’s next after FPGEC.

    Thank you so much.

    • Thats correct after FPGEC, you need to complete 1500 hours of internship. This needs to be completed in 2 yrs time frame although I know in certain cases this can be extended. After completing your hours then you take NAPLEX and the law either CPJE or MPJE depending on the state you want to practice. BEst of luck.

  29. Thank you Abby, very helpful inputs.
    I have a question. Can i have my intern hours counted while working as a pharmacy technician. I received my FPGEC a little over a year ago. I couldn’t work then because of my visa status. Now that i have everything set, it is so hard to find an intern position as a foreign graduate. I did get one offer as a pharmacy technician but i am not sure if i can get my hours counted while working as a pharmacy technician. Please let me know if you know about it.
    Thanks

    • I know you can’t since the work of tech are somewhat different from interns but it really is up to your supervisor since he/she will be one signing your hours that need to be submitted to the CABOP. But in my case I was getting a techs salary but performing interns work so my delegation is still an intern thats why it is up to your supervisor if your work is considered as a training for the internship. Best of luck

  30. Hi Abby,

    Just wondered after you passed the FPGEE how did you find an internship.
    I have passed my FPGEE and am searching for an internship anywhere in the USA. However I need sponsorship from the UK to work in USA on a visa. I know the big chains used to sponsor people. I have emailed them a lot but get ZERO response. Do you have any ideas what foreigners are doing to make a start in the USA and securing an internship.
    Any details/advice would be massively appreciated. Thanks and congratulations on your journey.

    • Sorry I myself had a hard time looking for internship which made me do volunteer work just to complete the required hours. I don’t even need sponsorship and is wasn’t easy. The only ones I know that sponsors are the big chain. They mayy still be in need for some remote areas so I guess just like what I am doing right now, keep trying and let’s hope for the best.

  31. Hi Abby,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.I passed my FPGEE and ur blog was truly helpful. I am waiting now for my certificate but I heard that it takes from 8-10 weeks to be sent, is that true? Can we start internships now or do we have to wait for the certificate? Of course, one of my biggest problems is to actually get an internship. Do we have to look for them ourselves or does the board assign us to specific pharmacies? Also, I was wondering if someone is trying to get licensed in texas because I need to know the procedures as they are a little confusing.

    Thank you very much

    • You have to apply to apply and look for a pharmacy to do the internship, if it will take long for you like mine one suggestion is do a volunteer job. This is just so you can finish right away and proceed to NAPLEX and be a pharmacist. It depends in where you are, here in CA it was hard to find a graduate pharmacist internship job, hopefully it will be much easier there. Good luck.

  32. Hi again Abby!

    Thanks for your quick responses. I have a few questions regarding internship. Can we start right away or do we have to get an intern license first? Also, can I apply to the board for internship before getting my certificate? Do I have to have a preceptor sign my intern application before sending it? I also heard that we get a score report and eligibility letter, is that true?

    Thanks!

    • I know most employer requires you to have it on hand but if you can show them that you have met the requirements they might give you a go. This of course depends on which pharmacy you go to. Independent chain most likely but the big ones you may want to wait for it but some managers may allow you. No the preceptor only signs the sheet once you have completed the hours of internship. I remember getting a certificate which I showed my employer but not the score report. I think the important thing you need is the certificate so that you can work which proves that you are eligible for internship and upon completion the signed letter of the preceptor so you can sit in for the NAPLEX. Hope this helps.

  33. hi, abby! came across your blog while searching for info on FPGEE without foreign pharm license. i graduated like more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately, i don’t have a philippine pharma license because i went directly to medicine after graduation, big mistake coz i’m now cosidering to get into pharmacy here in the US…i’ve heard that a foreign license/registration is a requirement to apply for FPGEE certification. have you heard of cases where they have waived foreign license requirement to sit for the exam?

    • Sorry Michelle, I believe license is a requirement from the country where you graduated especially if this is a requirement of the country where you graduated to practice pharmacy.

  34. Hi Abby,

    I graduated from UST with a BS Pharmacy degree and then pursued my PharmD degree here in US. I’m a licensed pharmacist in TN and have been looking for a pharmacist job (retail, hospital, pharmaceutical company) for a while now. I need a H1-B visa sponsorship and its hard to find a job now without any previous work experience plus that I would need a sponsorship. Have you encountered this problem through your blog? If yes, what do I have to do to be able to get a job?

    Another thing is, do you any Filipino who owned an independent pharmacy that I can talk to?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Danica! Sorry I don’t know anybody(filipino) who owns a store. We are on the same boat though, it is more than a year and I can’t find job in our area. I got a call today from the county and I’m hoping this will be my lucky break. I’ve got previous offers but most needs relocation meaning I have to drive more than 100 miles/day. I am a US citizen now but still I am experiencing what you are going thru so it means that the economy is tough and there are more local graduates thus more competition. As of the moment I am earning a technicians salary doing a pharmacist work, this is the best way for me to get experience.
      I hope you find a sponsor. Be positive and just hang in there, hopefully our break will come. Thanks

    • Hi Danica,

      Did you went back to school to finish a Pharm D program in TN? I’m a BS graduated too in Philippines batch 2002 in EAC. Went here in US (Florida) 2003 after passing Pinas Board with tourist visa to pursue this field. Within the same year an American Rph (director of LTC pharmacy) with filipina wife, help me to switch my tourist to H1-B. Then while struggling with FPGEE I applied for CPhT. Got married in 2008, had a kid now I’m an immigrant and trying to finish what I started in 2003, until now still work for LTC pharmacy as a tech and as years passed by I keep getting info’s from other foreign pharmacist I worked with about this entire FPGEE and able to get an intern license in FL and I’m in the middle of 2000+ hours of internship even I haven’t pass the FPGEE. And then NABP made a new rule that u can only take 3 times on taking this FPGEE so I only have 1 chance left. So I’m planning for a plan B in case I didn’t make it again (honestly Im scared :( ).. please anybody I need an advise. thank you.

      • Hi Camili, don’t be discourage. have a concrete goal to focus on reviewing for your FPGEE. read CPR more than 4 times. Apleton and Lange book, read the answers. read updated ontinuing pharmacy education (free from other websites). read read read!

  35. Hello there,
    Thanks for this blog and of course, just like everybody else came upon here. I just read the whole thing in this blog. I think it’s kind of disheartening about foreign grads having a hard time finding an internship. I will be in this situation perhaps soon. My whole synopsis, I am a Filipina/US citizen with a US navy dad, studied and graduated in UST many years ago and worked in Mercury. Decided to come here in US, worked in one of the chain stores for 10 years as a pharmacy technician. Now, having passed FPGEE and Toefl (just got my scores today, 03/26/12) I understand I have to wait a couple of weeks to receive my FPGEC, or should I call them. For now, I don’t know what to do, I have been searching on-line for internship but to no avail. For one thing, I don’t need sponsorship, so I hope thats a consideration. Gone are the glory days that one can get an internship right away.
    I think this a fine place to vent and help each other out.
    Thanks

    • Thanks for sharing your story, I think even if it is tough to get into internship, you somehow get an edge because you have experience and you are a citizen. They are pretty good with the FPGEC, I guess if it is more than 3 weeks then you may have to call them. I know before its the employer running after the grads now you really have to be patient to get a position. Perhaps you can try to apply to the retail where you work as a tech, they know you and they may hire you again. Its worth a try :) Best of luck.

      • Thanks abby and I know it’s good to be true in working in the same place but it’s time for me to fly off the nest. You know the saying “Don’t bite the hands that feeds you”, they are the reason that I pursued this quest, (@#$%^). Hopefully in other site of this chain.
        Goodluck to all though.

  36. Good Day Ate Abby! Hope you’re doing good. I just graduated high school and planning to take up Pharmacy course here in the Philippines, but my mom won’t let me. She’s forcing me take take up nursing instead which has a broad job vacancy in California, where I’ll be immigrating. She said that if I’ll graduate Pharmacy here, I’ll be needing to do internship practice for two years. But it doesn’t matter for me since I want to be a Pharmacist badly. So Ate, Nursing or Pharmacy? Thank you in advance. May God bless you always.

    • Hi Faye!This is a tough decision, actually it is hard to find jobs here in US nowadays no matter what. There are jobs out there but it is not as easy before, anyways I don’t want to be blamed later on if you end up pushing through my advice. But I will share some thoughts and you decide for yourself. I think in choosing a career path it is important that this is what you want, but you also have to consider the availability of jobs later on and if that career choice will make you happy working everyday with the said routine and task considering that this is what you will be doing for the rest if not most of your lifetime. Salary wise, pharmacist makes more depending on the state,area and specialty- here in CA the range is $50-80/hr. My mom in-law being a nurse if I am not mistaken it range from $30-50/hr. As for the internship CA as of now only requires 1500 hours of internship after you pass the equivalency test. Best of luck to you, get advise from your peeps where you will be migrating, ask how the demand is for both course. Ask for Gods guidance and stick to the course whatever you choose so you do not waste time, effort and money. Good luck :)

  37. Hey good day, i just ran into this blog after hours of searching on any website talking about PharmD. As of this sunday, I will be a BS-Pharm Graduate of a school here in Cebu! Im so thankful to have finished my BS-Pharm but my ultimate goal is to be a pharmacist back home in the USA ( I am a foreigner here in the Philippines, florida born)

    Anyways, i am now going to my next step, enrolling for PharmD or Clinical Pharma. I know of CEU-PharmD, UIC-Clinical, and USC-Clinical that offer programs elligble for the FP. Does anyone else know of any schools that offer programs?

    I hear that in CEU, you need to be licensed before enrolling into their program but at USC you dont need to. ( I have had an interview with USC ).

    I really would love to go to CEU, since a PharmD degree sounds alot nicer than Clinical Pharma.

    I hear of a PharmD or Clinical Pharma program in UST but i am not sure if it is true since i didnt see it on the website. Can anyone clarify if it is true or not?

    For those who have completed the PharmD Program in CEU or Clinical in USC, can they please share their experience such as difficulty of classes and how classes are and such forth.

    I do have positive thoughts on after i finish PharmD or Clinical, for not really having problems with Intern or the FP qualifications, (or if it would be a problem i would just worry about it when the time comes), but for now i am just wondering what the best options are for me since i have just finished my BS-Pharm

    I am hoping that CEU will allow me to enroll into their program while not being a licensed pharmacist yet, but obtaining it during my 1st year into the program.

    Please let me know any details and please provide feedback on my situation, if possible…

    thank you all, and God bless :)

    • Hi Ed, I am just reposting some info from our colleagues, this was posted a few weeks back:
      I’m Faith I was also a graduate of a 4 year BS Pharmacy in the Philippines last year, and had been going back and forth here and the Philippines for my visa in order to finish my studies and take the board exam. October last year I migrated here, I wanted to take the fpgee and was disqualified as I was lacking with units. I decided to take a pharmacy technician by passing the board exam, but when I was about to apply for a position as a pharmtech from a Filipino pharmacy manager at Rite Aide she was considering me for a pharmacy intern. But to be a pharmacy intern I must past the fpgee and toefl. The friend of the pharmacy manager Tito Manny suggested me I go back to the Philippines to finish 1 year at a school in Davao (University of Immaculate Conception). This year I’ll be going back to the Philippines to take my clinical pharmacy there in order to be qualified here. Hope my information help.

      • Hey, its edward, ya I hear about UIC in davao being a school offering clinical pharmacy that is accredited for eligibility to take the FP, and there is a bunch of success stories from there as well.

        Good luck with that, your info was great but i am just trying to keep my options open to what school i would chose to go to and am trying to figure out how many schools offer Clinical Pharma here in the Phi.

        I checked other forums and I hear, CEU, USC, UIC, UST, UP, and 1 more school offer programs such as Clinical Pharmacy or PharmD to take the FP, i was just asking for any truth to what i have read.

        I am sure about CEU, USC, and UIC offering…

        Thank you for your post and i wish you the best there at UIC…

        • Hi! I am currently a 4th yr BS Clinical Pharmacy major in UST. Unfortunately, the program is open only to UST students. As of now, the faculty does not accept 4-yr pharmacy grads just to finish an additional of 1 year.

  38. Oh wait i just realized that was a repost… I misunderstood the 1st sentence the first time reading the comment, haha… anyways ya thank you for the repost… But what i am really wondering is what is stated in the 1st comment i wrote…

    God bless

  39. Hi Abby! I just came across your blog when I was searching for the FPGEE April 2012 results. And i was so happy to know that there are lots of kababayans here who r pharmacists also! :) but it was sad to know that it’s really hard to find a company for the internship. And I think it would be more difficult for me since I need sponsorship. :( I’m a UST graduate and was one of the first batch of their 5 yr program. I took the FPGEE last April & still waiting for the results. But I got scared when I read here that you guys studied for months! I think I won’t pass because I reviewed for like 1wk only. :( Pls pray for me. :( I don’t want to retake the test because it’s too expensive! grr. And you’re right, after the fpgee and toefl, the internship is the next obstacle. There’s really a lot of obstacles before becoming a full-pledge pharmacist here. haaay… magastos na, matagal pa. haha! And I’m scared too about the practice here because as u have said, it’s really different from the PHI. I’m afraid that I’ll make a lot of mistakes. haha! I know I’m a bit of a paranoid. :p but this blog really helped me not to feel so alone. :D thanks!

  40. Hi! I would like to know if credited ba ang Pharm.D. ng CEU to sit for the FPGEE? I have four year bachelors and I am hoping to be a Pharmacist in the US.

    What would be the best thing to do?
    Take UIC? or continue Pharm.D.?

    • Go to UIC in davao. I just got back from there, took me only 10 months. CEU program is 2 years. It does not make any difference when you get back here in the US.

  41. I was wondering if it really is a requirement to be licensed in the Philippines to be accepted to take the FPGEE. I read the website but it’s confusing to me. I’m a US citizen who went to UST to get my Pharmacy degree, but I am not planning on taking the board exam because I want to practice on Guam. Is there anyone who qualified for the FPGEE even without being licensed in the Philippines and if so, do I need any other documents in place of a license to practice? I appreciate your help. I’m graduating soon and I want to get everything prepared before I finish. Thanks!

  42. just like many of you, i stumbled on this blog, and i am thankful i did! i am a green card holder, with FPGEC and waiting for my California Intern License. Been here in the US for 5 months now and i just started sending out application letters/emails to the big retail pharmacies. i do not know what to expect as I got my FPGEC certificate way back in 2008 and only recently did i decide to pursue internship here.

    it seems that finding a pharmacy grad internship job is getting more and more difficult, especially for foreign pharmacy graduates like us. i am keeping my hopes up and hopefully, there would be someone out there with some suggestions on the best way to secure that very important internship. good luck to us all!

  43. Hi! I’m so happy that I found this blog where alot of filipinos are in the same situation as I am. I just recently passed the FP (april 19,2012) and currently looking for a phartech job here in Las Vegas so that I can later ask them to take me as an intern. I have to agree with everyone,practically all pharmacies are fully staffed! Not only did I apply online,i went around physically. Grabe! No one had an opening for pharmacy tech. Anyways,i just wanted to ask how many times can you retake the NAPLEX? I read online and some have said 3 while others 6..oh,and I read someone commented here about UIC (clinphar in davao) I would recommend enrolling there because that’s how I was able to qualify for the fpgee and so far,from the sept batch and april batch,all my classmates that took the FPGEE passed! =)

    • MM? i think i know you! :P you guys can go to davao and enroll in their clin. pharm. program, that’s what i did in order for me to take fpgee, but be sure to have your local license before applying for fpgee because it’s a requirement, after that you can take your toefl exam, then apply for a pharmacy intern license, then look for intern jobs, i think best way to be an intern is to volunteer, good luck :)

    • hi MM! You know what they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I agree with mich, I think the best way to get an internship nowadays is to volunteer. It will help you meet a lot of people who can help you. I am currently doing that now while studying for my FP on november and so far I have received 3 informal offers for internship. So, I say it doesn’t sound as bad, huh?

      I just got back too from PI, studied fro a year in UIC. Trust me Pharm Tech jobs are over saturated, before I left for PI last year, I was looking for tech jobs endlessly but to no avail. The smart ass in me had a brilliant idea of putting up a tech position on craigslist just to see how tough the competition was. I had over 50+ application and all highly qualified resumes at that. So yeah, look into volunteering, there’s VMSN, VA, check them out and I might see you there! I’m from Vegas too.

  44. Hi po to everyone here :) my name is Jennie from Guam 19 yrs. old attending University of Guam taking up Nursing currently my 2nd year in college; however, I am planning to switch my major to Pharmacy. Actually, working in a Pharmacy is not new to me because after I graduate from high school my parents enrolled me in Pharmacy Technician training school for 4 months lang then I took my U.S Board Exam (PTCB) which is also computer-based examination; therefore, I am now a Pharmacy Tech. and can work in or off U.S. I am planning po sana to go back Philippines pra mag-aral ng Pharmacy since everyone is telling me to be in the program na lang since there is an open door for me in this specific area. Sabi po sakin ng former mentor ko in Pharm.Tech. I can study in P.I just as long as I take the 6 yrs. program which is PHARM. D. pra qualify ako when I go back in the states. I just need to look for a school po in P.I that is U.S accredited or that is if their school of pharmacy is equivalent to the school of pharmacy in U.S, do you have any ideas what colleges in P.I are same with U.S?? then the exams I need to take once I graduate in P.I are the following po ba? FPGEE, TOEFL & NAPLEX? another question pa po heheee :) I am a U.S citizen, do I still need to take TOEFL?? thankkk you so much po in advance sa magrespond sakin. :) GOD BLESS TO ALL PHARMACIST & FUTURE PHARMACIST.

    • Hi there. If you can just browse to the post I specifically made the post BOLD for the topic you are asking about. Kasi marami nga nag aask regarding the school and the program that will make a Phil pharmacy graduate seat in for the test. Marami na ang nag share who graduated and completed the program in PHI. I hope somebody can address your question directly pero if you want more information just read on the highlighted/Bold post kasi ito talaga yung topic na marami nag ask sa blog which limited naman ang alam ko. But thanks to those who keep posting and sharing to help everyone who is at lost in the process. Yes FPGEE,TOEFL, internship, NAPLEX and MPJE/CPJE. I am not definite about the TOEFL but if my memory serves me right ang alam ko ang basis nila is where you graduated from pag out of USA then you have to take TOEFL(di ko na matandaan…sorry) Best of luck.

  45. hi abby, ask ko lang if you know kung iaaccept ba ang 4 year pre-pharmacy coursework ko for the fpgee.well my situation kasi is like this, I graduated BS Accountancy then studied BS Pharmacy(4 year course), all in all I have 8 years of college study, so sabi sa nabp, pre pharmacy coursework might be considered.do you know anyone who was acceptedeven if 4 year pharmacy degree lang sila but they have another previous degree? thanx……

  46. mukhang mahirap nga maghapan ng internship jobs sa Bay Area. I am thinking of moving somewhere else. kahit na may green card, hirap pa rin. sana may mga makatulong sa atin na makahanap ng internship. good luck sa lahat

  47. i have my California Intern License and i have sent out more than 75 application letters – chains, independent pharmacies, hospitals, etc. but up to now, wala pa ako makuha positive response. i am losing heart. but i do not want to quit.

    • Hi abby,
      I live in Chicago and a green card holder soon to be a citizen and yet i also find difficulty finding a pharmacy intern job. if there are open position, they will prioritize local pharmacy students and grads here. Accept the fact in this recession time… most foreign interns are volunteers. I’ve been looking and walking -in to different chain stores..been interviewed and yet not selected. Accept the fact that most pharmacies and pharmacy schools here in the U.S have a memo of agreement to only hire local students and grads. :( so sad..

      I’ve been tired of following up and volunteering to get experience so i guesss I will say yes to an offer with minimum pay an hour. I was employed , 9 years regulatory affairs manager in one of multi-national company, I have experience as a pharmacy tech and in customer service but still Walgreens and cvs, JewelOsco, Walmart turned down my application.
      Can I complain? i think the best way is to get what is the offer (better than volunteering) if I like to start and finish my 1200 hours internship requirement. My hospital pharmacy manager said where I am volunteering with , this is a poor offer and he keep on sending me meails for job leads. I felt desperate to take the offer of minimum pay an hour. What do you think?

      • HI Sheila! I know exactly how you feel. I am a US citizen and I volunteered for my internship with no pay or allowance. After passing NAPLEX, I thought it will be easier to find a job. But its been a year and I am still waiting so I went back to where I volunteered where I work as second pharmacist on a technicians salary. I guess better than nothing but keep hanging in there, I know each of us has our own time to achieve our destiny. Good luck to all of us.

  48. hi abby, ur blog is really good for pharmacy graduates in the philippines, I am undergraduate pharma student in the philippines I wasnt able to finish my studies because of my immigrant visa, i just want to ask if i will continue my pharmacy school here in US which is more harder in the philippines or here? and also is it a good idea to be in pharma fiEld in US? And also where can i apply as a part time job now for undergrad pharm like me? Im hoping for ur reply thanks abby :)

  49. hey abby, can you make a blog about why did you choose pharmacy as a course, and what is your experience, attitudes and what is you career choices while you are a stuent (e.g community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industrial pharmacy and others) which of these field do you prefer when you are still a student. THANK YOU. you can email me. i need it for my thesis thank you :))

    • do all of the field and concentrate in industrial. I did my major internship at Abbot Lab. Phils. I love the job in the pharmaceutical industry. corporate pharmacist job is challenging. It offers a higher pay and many perks and priviledges.

      If I compare in the US the work of community pharmacist? sisiw!

  50. or kahit sino sa inyo ang makabasa nito just comment here na lang po :) thank you :)

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