• 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.

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. Students will also have completed a QQI Level 5 award in Community and Health which allows students apply for related Degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities nationally. Successful graduates may also progress to our two year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician course.

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)

TU 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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