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Pharmacy Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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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 provides students with a comprehensive training for working in a Retail Pharmacy environment. The Irish Pharmacy Union module provides students with extensive knowledge of OTC medicines and how to interact with customers in a retail setting. Students gain an in-depth scientific knowledge in a laboratory based setting, and also acquire the Business and Pharmacy IT skills necessary to operate effectively in a Community Pharmacy.

What will you Study?

Pharmacology/OTC medicines
Pharmacy Software Training-Qic-Script
Anatomy and Physiology
Biology 5N2746
Cosmetics
Customer Service 5N0972
Computer Applications
Introduction to Nursing
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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DCHSX 5M4468

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Related Career Sectors

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Sales, Retail & Purchasing
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Medical & Healthcare
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