Course Description

This new 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 pharmacist 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
  • Over-The-Counter Medicines
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Reception & Front Line Office Skills
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Biology
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Communications


Course Code 5M4468
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Business, Sales & Retail
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Delivery mode Classroom based
Course Start Date 10th September 2018
Course End Date 17th May 2019
Course Duration One Year
Awarding Body QQI
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. ***Course subject to SUSI approval and modules may be changed due to availability and demand
Career Path 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) DIT, Athlone IT, & 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.
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Course Provider

Dunboyne College of Further Education

01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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