Pharmacy Technician

Course Duration

2 Years Program

Offering Institutes

School of Allied Health Sciences, CMH Lahore Medical College

Program Fee

Admission: Rs. 50,000 & Annual: Rs. 75,000/-

Contact

042 37176944, 0300 0654909

About Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians

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.

Objectives

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

Scope of Program

Scope of the program

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 recertification 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.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice;
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to practice safely and professionally in the pharmacy area
  • Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment;
  • Establish and maintain professional and inter professional relationships which contribute to patient care safety and positive health care outcomes;
  • Process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures;
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures
  • Optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in community and institutional practice settings;
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector;
  • Identify the implications of pharmacy technician on the natural environment and to employ environmentally sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment;
  • Develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community.
  • Demonstrate safe medication preparation.
  • Perform mathematical calculations for dosage determinations and solution preparations.
  • Properly measure, mix, count, label, record, and dispense medications.
  • Use technology effectively to create medication labels and client records.
  • Function safely, competently, and professionally in a clinical situation.
  • Demonstrate correct methods of dispensing medications from the start by correctly reading prescriptions, entering information into specialized software, preparing labels, counting medication, and dispensing the medication
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of medical terminology and basic rules of vocabulary building.
  • Display acceptable communication skills during interactions with patients, coworkers and other health care professionals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy law and apply to the prescription filling process

Job placement

Job placement

The graduate may go on to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the pharmacy council of Pakistan. Registration with the pharmacy council of Pakistan is a legal requirement to practice and is subject to the regulations and restrictions established by this governing body. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in a variety of settings including community pharmacies, home health care companies, hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, pharmacy software vendors, third party insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers. Pharmacy Technician (Category-B) diploma holder is eligible to apply for license to open own medical store

Program structure

Required for enrollment

Matriculation with Science

Duration

2 Years

Parts

2 parts (part 1 and part 2)

Exam conducting body

Punjab pharmacy council (PPC)

Passing marks (practical and theory)

50% in each practical and theory exams

No. of examination

Not more than 2 examinations per year

Paper pattern

40% MCQs, 60% short and extended questions

Nature of papers

Theory and practical

Scheme of Studies

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