I am a Registered Pharmacist in the Philippines who is now working as a Pharmacy Technician (PT) in one of the hospitals in Singapore. I have been working here for almost 2 months now and so far, I’m loving it!
I made this guide to help other Filipino Pharmacists who want to work in Singapore as a Pharmacy Technician. I tried making this guide as comprehensive as possible… but I know I couldn’t cover everything in just one post. So if you have questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.
Basically, the hospital pharmacy team is in charge of processing and dispensing of medication orders, including performing drug supplies and billing. As part of our training and development, we get to rotate to various pharmacy sections in the hospital. It’s quite fun!
So anyway, y’all might be asking why I am working here as a Pharmacy Technician and not as a Registered Pharmacist. Thus before I start, I want to make it clear that if you did not graduate from an institution approved by the Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC), you are not eligible to become a registered pharmacist in Singapore unless you enter into the NUSAGE program (click here for more details: http://www.nusage.nus.edu.sg/opap/index.html).
*If you are a foreign-trained Graduate (from an SPC-approved institution) / Pharmacist who wants to become a pharmacist in Singapore, click here for more information: http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/spc/en/leftnav/becoming_a_pharmacist/for_foreign_trained_graduates_pharmacists.html
Unfortunately, University of the Philippines Manila College of Pharmacy (or any other pharmacy school in the Philippines for that matter) is not a recognized institution by the SPC. And since I don’t want to enter into the NUSAGE program, I decided to come work as a PT instead.
Now that’s all clear, let’s start with some FAQs. (Click the link to read more…)