Department of Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician: This is a middle-level man-power programme anchored in health care and tied to pharmacy. The sub-cadre of this profession performs a role in health care service provision that must be properly co-ordinated by the pharmacist’s council of Nigeria (PCN). Since the PCN is empowered by the pharmacist’s council of Nigeria Decree 91 of 1992 charged with the responsibilities of determining the standard of knowledge to be attained by persons seeking to practice pharmacy.
The main objectives of the training programme are:
1. To carry-out a training programme to the people who have the entry requirements to the standard of rendering a good assistance to registered pharmacist.
2. To give a good training to qualified parsons in the basic knowledge of dealing with common and simple drugs at the lowest level, and this should be under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
The admission standard for entry into Pharmacy Technician Course is at least five (5) credits in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at GCE, WASC or SSCE of WAEC or in NECO at not more than three (3) sittings.
Duration of Course:
The training period is three years. This includes eighteen (18) months training in the classroom, then practical experience in the hospital for six (6) months and finally twelve (12) months in the classroom for teaching and laboratory practical work.
The conversion course is twelve (12) months progarmme to rest the pharmacy assistant level to Pharmacy Technician.
The course content of the Pharmacy Technician Programme is:
1. Introduction to basic human biology.
2. Elementary dispensing – theory.
3. Elementary dispensing – practical.
4. Principles of Pharmacy Technician Practice.
5. Action and uses of common medicines.
6. Introduction to components of primary health care.
7. Hospital working experience for six (6) month.