Project Description

Pharmacy Assistant

5M-Science Faculty

PLSS Code: 281923
Coordinator:Irene Hayes

Would you like to work in the fast paced and exciting world of retail pharmacy?

Our Pharmacy Assistant course will give you extensive knowledge of over the counter medicines (OTC) and extensive understanding of how to interact with customers in a retail setting. Considering the demographic changes and aging population structure, the Retail Pharmacy has a pivotal role in Ireland’s community health & welfare programmes. This course and qualification will also help you step up to a range of Higher Education courses.

On completion of the course, you will be able to work competently in pharmacies giving support to all pharmacy personnel and can also progress to further study in the area.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Gain experience from pharmacy work placement
  • Professional affiliation with IPU (Irish Pharmacy Union)
  • Learn with expert staff
  • Develop practical work-ready skills
  • Excellent progression routes to Higher Education

Course Content

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Retail Selling
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Terminologies
  • Cosmetic Studies

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Medical Counter Assistant
  • Pharmacy Health Care Adviser
  • Cosmetic Sales Assistant
  • Pharmacy Field Sales Representative
  • Pharmacy Sales Assistant
  • Pharmacy Store Manager

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5
Community Health Services 5M4468

Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance)

IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Course €495

Additional Costs
PHECC Occupational First Aid €150
Cosmetic Studies Kit €100

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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Early Interview Option

Apply before 29 April 2020 for the opportunity of an early interview, Early interviews normally take place in May.

Apply before August 2020 for a later interview. An offer of a place does not guarantee a place - only full payment of fees will move an applicant to registered status. If an offer is not accepted in time and a course is full then applicants will be added to a waiting list and have the opportunity to apply for another course.

Note: This is a full-time course.