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Pharmacy Assistant

Course Description

This course is designed to be of significant benefit to those who intend seeking work in a retail pharmacy environment. The Irish Pharmacy Union module provides students with extensive knowledge of over the counter medicines (OTC) and how to interact with customers in a retail setting. Students gain an in-depth scientific knowledge in a laboratory based setting, and also acquire the Business and Pharmacy IT skills necessary to operate effectively in a Community Pharmacy. On completion of the course, students work competently in Pharmacies giving support to all Pharmacy personnel.

Course Duration

1 Year

Course Content

Year 1

· IPUEXAM Pharmacology *

· Anatomy and Physiology

· Nursing Theory and Practice

· Biology · Customer Service

· Work Experience

· Word Processing

· Occupational First Aid

· Cosmetic Studies

· Nutrition *module subject to approval

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 will 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

Registration fee is €150. Government Levy €200 - exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance. Details of any other fees available on request from college office.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468)

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