Pharmacy Assistant Level 5

Price: TBA
Duration: 1 Year
Further Education and PLC
Academic year Sept 2020 - May 2021

Course description

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What Is Pharmacy Assistant?

This one-year course will equip learners with the 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
The following modules will be offered:
• Pharmacy Studies – Theory and Practice • Communications
• Over-the-Counter Medicines • Biology
• Infection Prevention and Control • Work Experience
• Anatomy and Physiology • Word Processing
• Nursing Theory and Practice • Nutrition
• Maths • Care of the Older Person
• Safety & Health at Work • Retail
• Medical Terminology • Customer Service

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 (for example) DCU, UCD,
Maynooth University (incl. Kilkenny Campus), DIT, Dundalk IT,
University of Limerick, Blanchardstown IT, Athlone IT, UCC, NUIG,
Carlow IT, Carlow College, Marino Institute of Education, Dun
Laoghaire IADT, St. Angela’s College Sligo, University of Limerick,
Tralee IT, Letterkenny IT, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, or on
the Carlow IT Pharmacy Technician courses or to health or arts courses
in UCD, Maynooth University, DIT or UCC. Alternatively, students may
seek immediate employment in a range of companies and projects that
seek graduates with a health, science or pharmacy aptitude.

Higher Education Progression
DIT: DT425 Pharmacy Technician (Level 6, 2 Years)
Waterford: WD175 Pharmaceutical Science (Level 7, 3 years)
IT Tralee: TL855 Pharmaceutical Science (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry Requirements
Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other
equivalent qualification • Apply directly on
All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

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