Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy Assistant

Community and Health Services 5M4468

What is the pharmacy assistant course?
This new one year course would equip learners with relevant knowledge and experience to work as a pharmacy counter assistant or pursue a pharmacy technician qualification in the future. From dispensing over the counter medications, helping clients choose medical aids and appliances to demonstrating and selling products this course covers the most relevant skills. This course will also focus on a range of health related subjects relevant to employment as a pharmacy assistant. Work Experience is within a retail pharmacy where as a pharmacy assistant, you can work as part of a team of health professionals in order to help customers achieve the best possible health outcome

Course content
Pharmacy Studies - theory and practice         Over the Counter Medicines
Infection Prevention and Control                  Biology
Anatomy and Physiology                             Nursing Theory and Practice
Reception and Front Line Office Skills           Communications
Safety & Health at Work                              Work Experience        
Word Processing

QQI Level 5 in Community and Health Services 5M4468

Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue pharmacy work, or work as sales assistants in health stores etc. This course is aimed at those interested in working in a community pharmacy or for those wishing to progress to a year two (part-time) Pharmacy Technician course. Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme to i.e. DIT, Athlone IT, & Carlow IT Pharmacy Technician courses or to health or arts courses in UCD, Maynooth University, DIT, UCC etc.. Alternatively students may seek immediate employment in a range of companies and projects that seek graduates with a health, science or pharmacy aptitude.

Entry Requirements
•    Leaving Cert, LCVP or LCA
•    Mature Students of all backgrounds
•    Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.
***Course subject to SUSI approval and modules may be changed due to availability and demand