1. To train suitably qualified persons in the basic knowledge of handling simple medicines for use at grass-root level under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
  2. To train suitable persons to the level of rendering effective assistance to registered pharmacists.

III.           To ensure that the pharmacy technician graduates have acquired the requisite knowledge as stipulated in the pharmacy technicians training programme.

  1. To guide the colleges/schools of Health Technology on the application and examination procedures.
  2. To assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by the Pharmacy Technicians in order to assist registered pharmacists in the course of their practice.
  3. To ensure uniformity in assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by Pharmacy Technician in accredited Colleges/Schools of Health Technology in Nigeria.

VII.         To define eligibility criteria for Pharmacy Technician students for National Pre-Certification Examination (NPCE).


Entry Requirement for New Students

In order to improve the quality of the output from the Colleges/Schools of Health Technology, Council has reviewed the entry qualification as follows:

For admission, a candidate should have at least five (5) credits which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in any of GCE, WASC, SSSE, WAEC, NECO or NABTEB at not more than two (2) sittings.

Duration of Programme

The programme shall last three years, comprising the first one and half years for classroom and laboratory teaching, the next six months for practical experiences (four months in hospital and two months in the Community Pharmacy setting) and the last one year for classroom and laboratory teaching.

Admission Quota

  1. Admission quota for students into existing pharmacy technicians training institutions shall be a maximum of 25 pharmacy technician students per session. This is already being reviewed by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria with a view to increasing it to 50
  2. Admission into the programme shall be annually.
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