By Keziah G. Huelar
Celebrating Centralian excellence—April Joyce C. Catalan, a CPU 2018 graduate of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, ranked fifth in the Pharmacy Board Exam held on August 5, 2018. Catalan got a rating of 91.22, earning her a spot in the top ten. Catalan is the first Centralian to be included in the top 5 after the College of Pharmacy was reopened last 2011.
CPU also hails 37 new pharmacists who successfully passed the said exam of which the university received an overall passing percentage of 91.89%.
According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 2,927 out of 4,230 passed (or a national passing percentage of 69.19%) the Pharmacist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy Department was then under the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. On 2017, the department became a college. In 1963, Nenita Lemery, ranked No 1, Pharmaceutical Board Exam while in 1968, Patricia Tayco placed 2nd. Central Philippine University dedicates its passion in producing excellent medical practitioners in promoting the health ministry for the glory of God.