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Pharmacy Counter Assistant

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to equip learners with relevant knowledge and experience to work as a pharmacy counter assistant. Work in this industry varies from dispensing over the counter medications, helping clients choose medical aids and appliances to demonstrating and selling cosmetics, perfumes etc. As well as a QQI qualification, learners complete the Irish Pharmacy Unionís Medicines Counter Assistant award.

What will you Study?

This course is designed to equip learners with relevant knowledge and experience to work as a pharmacy assistant. Work in this industry may vary from dispensing over the counter medications, helping clients choose various medical aids and appliances to demonstrating and selling cosmetics, perfumes etc. As well as a FETAC/QQI qualification, learners are offered the Medicine Counter Assistant award from the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety & Health at Work 5N1794
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Nutrition 5N2006
Retail Selling 5N1619
Reception & Frontline Office Skills 5N1407
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Word Processing 5N1358
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSX 5M4468

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Further Research

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.