Higher Certificate Pharmacy Technician Studies   DT425

  • Undergraduate
  • Level 6
  • 2 Years
  • Full-Time
  • Cathal Brugha Street
  • School of Food Science and Environmental Health
  • College of Sciences and Health

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What is Higher Certificate Pharmacy Technician Studies?

This programme prepares students for a profession as a Pharmacy Technician. It develops practical, professional and academic skills required to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy, not requiring the professional judgement of the pharmacist. These skills include knowledge of prescription and non-prescription medicines, and how they are formulated and used to treat illnesses. 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 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. What will I study on this programme? Central to the philosophy of this programme is that graduates will have attained a sound base in science. This allows the development of high-quality pharmaceutical skills, both to bring to the pharmacy and to allow progression in education both in Ireland and elsewhere including higher level courses in pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology. Work Placement: The programme includes a Pharmacy placement, which can be carried out either in a hospital or community pharmacy. This allows the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills. This work placement is flexible and time allowances can be accumulated working in a Pharmacy throughout the duration of the programme. In addition, prior experience in a pharmacy can be considered as part of the placement. Please note, while encouraged, payment for this placement is not guaranteed, and is subject to arrangement between the student and the placement pharmacy. Recently, most students carry out unpaid placement.


Students may be required to attend classes at locations across the Institute.

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