Pharmacy

Courses

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Pharmacy Assistant

Level 5 / NVQ Level 2

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Pharmacy Technician

NVQ Level 3 Diploma

Pharmacy Assistant

Course Code: 5M4468 (NVQ Level 2)

 

Course Content: 

  • Pharmacy Studies – Theory and Practice
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Word Processing
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Students may also complete additional courses in:

  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • People Handling

*Mathematics optional

Award: 

  • QQI Level 5 Community and Health Services.
  • Irish Pharmacy Union: Medical Counter Assistant

Aim:

This course is aimed at those interested in working in a community pharmacy or for those wishing to progress to our two year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician Course.

Progression & Career Options: 

Students completing this course can progress into employment in community pharmacies as Pharmacy Assistants. Successful graduates may also progress to our two year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician course (see next page).

Students who have completed a QQI Level 5 award in Community and Health Services can apply for related Degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M4468 Pharmacy Assistant NVQ2 Pharmacy Services Skills  

DIFE Course Title:  Pharmacy Assistant

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

DCU Health and Society
TU Dublin (City Campus), AIT, IT Carlow, IT Letterkenny Pharmacy Technician
Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit www.cao.ie. 

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M4468 Pharmacy Assistant NVQ2 Pharmacy Services Skills  

DIFE Course Title:  Pharmacy Assistant

 

Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee € 50
Course Fees/Materials € 310 –  Exam Fees
DIFE Total € 760
Note – Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the course fees outlined above. 
 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.

 

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Pharmacy Technician

Course Code: NVQ Level 3

 

Course Content: 

The course is modular with continuous assessment over the two years. Year 1 and 2 commence in September. Students will develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses and communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland.

Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and will be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing. They will be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems. They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

Award: 

City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science and Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills.

Aim:

This two year course leads to a Pharmacy Technician Qualification. The Pharmacy Technician assists the pharmacist in the preparation, checking, storage and dispensing of drugs.

Entry Requirements:

Applications are invited from candidates who have completed the National Vocational Qualification Level 2 in Pharmacy services or its equivalent.

*Candidates with at least 2 years experience of working full time in a pharmacy dispensary are also eligible to apply. The student must be working in the pharmacy for the duration of the course for a minimum of 20 hours a week. All applicants will be interviewed.

 

Progression & Career Options: 

Pharmacy Technicians are employed in both the private sector in community and private hospital pharmacies and by the HSE in hospital pharmacies. Other employment opportunities include medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers.

This qualification is recognised in Ireland and the UK. Graduates may have the opportunity to progress to study in the UK and Ireland.

Course Code and QQI Title:  NVQ Level 3 – Pharmacy Technician, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science, Diploma in Pharmcy Service Skills

DIFE Course Title:  Pharmacy Technician

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

Employment in community pharmacies, medical sales reps for pharmaceutical companies

With experience, eligible to apply for Pharmacy programmes in RCSI and UK.

Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit www.cao.ie. 

Course Code and QQI Title:  NVQ Level 3 – Pharmacy Technician, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science, Diploma in Pharmcy Service Skills

DIFE Course Title:  Pharmacy Technician

 

Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee
Course Fees/Materials € 350 – Qualification & Exam Fees
DIFE Total € 750
Note – Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the course fees outlined above. 
 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.