• Code: JF
  • Certification:IPU (Irish Pharmacy Union) Certificate in Medical Counter Assistant
    • QQI Level 5 Component in Community Health Services (5M4468)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is aimed at those interested in working in a community pharmacy or for those wishing to progress to our two-year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician Course.  

Participants will be provided with a broad knowledge of over the counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals, retail selling and working within the community. Participants will develop useful skills through hands-on work placement within the pharmacy. Students will also develop key skills in technology, organisation, team work and effective communication.  

This is a dual qualification course in which students will gain both a QQI Level 5 in Community Health Services and an IPU (Irish Pharmacy Union) Certificate in Medical Counter Assistant. 

Program of Study
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Retail Selling
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications


Career Opportunities

Students completing this course can compete for employment in community Pharmacies as Pharmacy Assistants. 

Higher Education Progression*

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities such as:


  • Pharmacy Technician Level 6 (JJ)


  • Health & Society (DC209)

TUD Technological University Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • Pharmaceutical Science (TU763)
  • Pharmacy Technician Studies (DT425)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Leah Dunne

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