Pharmacy Assistant

(Level 5)


QQI Community & Health Services Level 5 Code 5M4468

IPU Medical Counter Assistant Certificate


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 over the counter medicines (OTC) 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. In light of the demographic changes and aging population structure, the Retail Pharmacy has a pivotal role in Ireland’s community health & welfare programmes. On completion of the course, students work competently in Pharmacies giving support to all Pharmacy personnel.


Code Title
IPUEXAM Pharmacology
5N0749 Anatomy & Physiology
5N2746 Biology
5N5307 Cosmetics
5N1358 Word Processing
5N0972 Customer Service
5N1794 Safety & Health at Work
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Pharmacy Assistant Level 5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €70
QQI Fee €50
Non QQI €200
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €770

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


One year full time

Education Progression Opportunities

UCC: CK101, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK301, CK307, CK 706, CK710, CK729, CK730

CIT: CR006;

CIT CCPS: CR007; CR300

LIT: LC260; LC265; LC266; LC267; LC268

AIT, DIT, LYIT, CWIT: AL630; DT425; LY806; CW116        

WIT: WD124, WD188, WD 018, WD 187, WD192, WD200

Tralee IT: TL890. TL891
 Progression to Nursing programmes is possible.

We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Career Opportunities

Medical Counter Assistant; Pharmacy Health Care Adviser; Cosmetic Sales Assistant; Pharmacy Field Sales Representatives; Pharmacy Store Managers.

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