Pharmacy technician is a healthcare person who performs different pharmacy related functions such as compounding and work under the supervision of legally qualified and licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technician is also called as a pharmaceutical technician. They can work either in retail or community pharmacy and in hospital pharmacy as well.
In Pakistan a person who has following qualification will be considered as an eligible candidate for course of pharmacy technician;
- Matriculation with science from a recognized institute of Pakistan
- Foreign education which is equivalent to the matriculation degree in science
Examination and course description:
Those students who pass pharmacy technician course are usually registered in category B in Pakistan. The total duration of this course is 2 years. There are mainly two parts comprises of various subjects of theory and practical.
Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP) is the main exam conducting body and will take examination of all the enrolled students for not more than 2 times in a year. Each student will get three chances to pass each examination.
If a student fails in any paper like in theory or practical paper then that student will only appear in that respective practical and theory exam.
Table 1: Important Information about B category (Pharmacy technicians)
|Required for enrollment||Matriculation with Science|
|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|
The pattern of paper will comprise of:
- 40% multiple choice questions (MCQs)
- 60% short and extended questions
Part 1 (Theory)
- Pharmaceutics I
Part 1 (Practicals)
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry and Microbiology
- Pharmaceutics I
Part 2 (Theory papers)
- Pharmaceutics II (Industrial and Quality Control)
- Social behavior, Law and Ethics
- Pharmaceutics II (Industrial)
Reference: PCP guidelines for Pharmacy Technicians
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