Course Description

This one-year course will equip students 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, the most relevant skills are covered.
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.

The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and may be subject to change:

• Pharmacy Studies – Theory and Practice
• Over-the-Counter Medicines
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Work Experience
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Word Processing
• Nutrition
• Mathematics
• Medical Terminology
• Safety and Health at Work
• Customer Service
• Retail Selling

• Level 5 Community and Health Services 5M4468

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Course Code 5M4468
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Health Care, Pharmacy
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Delivery mode Classroom based
Course Start Date 17th September 2024
Course End Date 23rd May 2025
Course Duration One Year
Course Times Full time
Awarding Body QQI
Entry Requirements ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifications All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
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) DCU, UCD, Maynooth University (incl. Kilkenny Campus), TUD, Dundalk Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Technological University of the Shannon Athlone, UCC, NUIG, South East Technological University Carlow, Marino Institute of Education, Dun Laoghaire IADT, Atlantic Technological University St. Angela’s College Sligo / Letterkenny / Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Munster Technological University Tralee, Pharmacy Technician courses or to health or arts courses in UCD, Maynooth University, TUD City Campus or UCC. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: TUD City Campus: TU654 Pharmacy Technician (Level 6, 2 Years) SETU Waterford: SE511 Pharmaceutical Science (Level 7, 3 years) MTU Tralee: MT872 Pharmaceutical Science (Level 8, 4 Years) SETU Carlow: SE937 Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6, 2 Years) TUS Athlone: US660 Pharmacy Technician (Level 6, 2 Years)
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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Dunboyne Business Park
Dunboyne, Meath
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