Pharmacy Assistant

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Course Content

P h a r m a c y A s s i s ta n t
  • Over the Counter Medicines Course
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nutrition
  • Retail Selling
  • Reception and Frontline Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing


Additional Modules

  • First Aid Responder
  • Mathematics

Course Description

This course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which you can begin your career as a medical and pharmacy assistant. Learners will develop medical knowledge to recognise common ailments and the skills necessary to assist with issues in the medical and retail pharmacy sector. Learners can also gain entry to degree programmes from this course.


5M4468 QQI Level 5 Community Health Services

Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Medical Counter Assistant | Pharmacy Store Manager | Medical Secretary | Pharmacy Health Care Adviser | Health Store Adviser | Medical Sales Assistant |


Earn an average of €26,962 as a retail assistant.

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:

AIT | Pharmaceutical Sciences | Level 8
DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7
TU Dublin/LYIT/Carlow IT | Pharmacy Technician Studies | Level 6
GMIT | Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science | Level 8
AIT | Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis) | Level 7
Sligo IT | Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development | Level 8

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All courses now have a low course registration fee of €30. Make sure to confirm your place on a course by paying your registration fee.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Pharmacy Assistant course at Ó Fiaich Institute. This course enabled me to work part time in a Pharmacy upon completion of the course, after gaining the work through work placement within the course. This course gave all students the opportunity to receive an extra qualification in Medicines Counter Assistant certificate (which is registered with the Irish Pharmacy Union), along with our QQI certificate. This extra course was really useful in work placement and also helped with gaining confidence when customers asked about over the counter products. After missing the points for pharmacy by over 100 points in the Leaving Cert, upon completion of this course along with my PLC, less than four months after completing the PLC I have secured a place studying Pharmacy in the UK. This course has enabled me to truly experience working in a pharmacy and also really helped me gain confidence with the customer service module. Most importantly, this course helped me to secure a place and progress onto a Masters of Pharmacy degree.