Pharmacy Technician Scholarship Program at Sidra Medicine

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines in a community pharmacy and assist pharmacists with advisory services. In hospitals, they do more specialized work such as manufacturing or preparing complex medicines. They can also be involved in manufacturing medicines when ready-made preparations are not available. For example, certain cancer treatments and intravenous feeding solutions need to be tailor made under sterile conditions for individual patients.

Roles of a Pharmacy Technician:

  • Supply medicines to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter
  • Assemble medicines for prescriptions
  • Provide information to patients and other healthcare professionals
  • Manage areas of medicines supply such as dispensaries
  • Supervise other pharmacy staff
  • Produce medicines in hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Using computer systems to generate stock lists and labels

Skills required to becoming a successful Pharmacy Technician:

  • Communication skills including listening
  • Good customer skills
  • Science skills
  • Good manual (hand) skills
  • IT skills
  • Accurate and methodical
  • Responsible
  • Able to pay attention to detail

Steps to becoming a Pharmacy Technician:

  • Complete a Diploma of Pharmacy Technician (2 years program) offered at College of the North Atlantic in Qatar
  • Obtain the Pharmacy Technician license from QCHP (Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners)

Common Pharmacy Technician courses covered in University:

  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Prescription Processing
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Technical Reporting

Career Pathways in Pharmacy Technician:

Pharmacy Technicians can work in a variety of settings that include:

  • Chain pharmacy
  • Independent pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Managed care
  • Nuclear pharmacy

Career Pathways at Sidra Medicine:

  • Graduate Associate (1 year Program)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Supervisor/Team Leader

What will Sidra Medicine provide you?

  • Opportunities for continuous professional development and post-graduate studies
  • In-house training courses and workshops
  • Career progression