Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy profession is an essential and integral part of the National Health care System of a country. A pharmacist is the only person who is in a unique position of exercising complete drug expertise and its application.

Pharmacy is a health profession that links the health sciences with chemical sciences and ensures safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals drugs. Pharmacy Technicians support the work of pharmacists and other health professionals by performing different pharmacy related duties such as dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and provide information on their use. Pharmacy Technicians work in different locations such as community, retail and hospital pharmacies as well as with pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors or in government or teaching hospital facilities.  Pharmacy Technicians who work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and nursing facilities perform their duties by filling prescriptions alongside pharmacists, ensuring accurate pill count and labeling, ensure that the patient receives the correct medication, under the pharmacist’s supervision. They also handle retail duties like answering phones, using cash registers and stocking shelves. Pharmacy technicians typically work behind a pharmacy counter at a drugstore, grocery store, hospital, nursing home or other medical facility. In recent years all over the world the importance of pharmacy technicians has been amplified mainly due to the shortage of Pharmacists which results in the increase of their numbers and responsibilities and demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to remain high for the next decade, making this career path potentially rewarding for those who wish to work in a pharmacy setting.

Main Objective

To prepare student  to be a capable Pharmacy Technician, proficient in communicating on a professional level with the public during patient consultation; understanding the medical language as it relates to pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology; dispensing medications in varying forms; as well as learning appropriate record-keeping, adhering to the applicable healthcare laws and ethics.

Specific objectives

  • To allow students to gain clinical experience during their training.
  • To teach students all of the necessary skills and pharmaceutical knowledge to start career
  • To allow students to learn dispensing and compounding skills using knowledge from lab and supervised clinical practice
  • To allow students to utilize current technologies for an understanding of inventory control and customer service to accurately prepare and dispense medication
  • To allow students to learn about the guiding principle of safe medication practice including aseptic technique, accurate calculations and labeling.
  • To emphasize on credible source of information in lectures and lab

Pharmacy technicians practice in a variety of settings and have diverse roles and responsibilities, ranging from those suitable for technicians meeting minimum requirements for education, training, and experience to complex, advanced, or specialized roles that require additional education, training, and demonstration of competence. Because pharmacy technicians are the foundation of pharmacy’s distributive functions and are utilized in clinical functions where appropriate, pharmacy must strongly support the development of uniform education, training, registration, certification, and re-certification of pharmacy technicians. This program will focus on inspiring students to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician. The program focuses on community, hospital and long-term care pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, critical thinking and entry-level practice competencies defined by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

Required for enrollment

Duration

Parts

Approval Body

Exam conducting body

Passing marks (practical and theory)

No. of examination

Paper pattern

Nature of papers

Matriculation with Science

2 Years

2 parts (part 1 and part 2)

Pharmacy Council of Pakistan

Punjab pharmacy council (PPC)

50% in each practical and theory exams

Not more than 2 examinations per year

40% MCQs, 60% short and extended questions

Theory and practical

Scheme of Studies
PART – I

THEORY

Sr. No.

Paper No.

Description

Marks

1.

I

Anatomy and Physiology

100 (20 + 80)

2.

II

Biochemistry & Microbiology

100 (50 +50)

3.

III

Pharmacognosy

100

4.

IV

Pharmaceutics-I

100

PRACTICALS

Sr. No.

Paper No.

Description

Marks

5.

V

Anatomy and Physiology

100 (20 + 80)

6.

VI

Biochemistry & Microbiology

100 (50 +50)

7.

VII

Pharmacognosy

100

8.

VIII

Pharmaceutics-I (General, Physical & Dispensing

100

PART – II

THEORY

Sr. No.

Paper No.

Description

Marks

1.

I

Pharmaceutics-II (Industrial and Quality Control)

100

2.

II

Pharmacology

100

3.

III

Pharmaceutics-III (Hospital and Community Pharmacy)

100

4.

IV

Social      Behaviour,       Law               and Ethics

100

5.

V

Computer

50

PRACTICALS

Sr. No.

Paper No.

Description

Marks

6.

VI

Pharmaceutics-II             (Industrial and Quality Control)

100

7.

VII

Pharmacology

100

8.

VIII

Computer

50