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Medicine Counter Pharmacy Assistant

Course Description

The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently or under supervision within a Pharmacy environment. On completion of the programme; the learner will gain an additional IPU Medicine Counter Assistant* qualification.
Courses offered subject to resources and demand; modules advertised may be subject to change.
*Based on IPU Body Approval

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Customer Service
  • Dietetics
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Nutrition
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18.
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. It allows students to create links with employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may choose to progress to Institutes of Technology/Universities after completing this programme. Graduates will be employable in pharmacy environments.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


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