Higher Certificate in Science - Pharmacy Technician Studies CW116

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW116
  • 36
  • 285
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
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What is the Course about?

A pharmacy technician is a key member of the pharmacy staff, involved in assuring the smooth uninterrupted functioning of pharmacy services by assisting the pharmacist in the preparation, checking, storage and dispensing of drugs.

This programme provides students with the administrative and clinical skills required to work in a retail or hospital environment. It offers a blend of academic knowledge, hands-on experience and real-world training in a pharmacy environment.

The programme addresses: 

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry and human physiology - the study of how the body functions. 
  • Drug actions and uses – understanding human diseases and the drugs used to treat these diseases. 
  • Formulation and compounding – understanding how drugs are made and the regulations surrounding safe dispensing.

Students will attend lectures at IT Carlow and also spend time on a weekly basis in a pharmacy on work experience. 

Students will benefit from a six-month full-time work placement module between first and second year in either a hospital or community pharmacy.

Special Features:

  • Weekly work experience throughout the programme.
  • Six month-full-time work placement between first and second year at either a retail or hospital pharmacy. As part of the work placement module students may work abroad for eight weeks under  the supervision of registered pharmacists.
  • Participation in conferences, poster competitions and lectures by guest speakers from the pharmacy industry will ensure that students are well grounded in all areas of work available to pharmacy technicians.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of Pharmacy Technician Studies may go on to study pharmacy degree programmes in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK and can also progress onto a range of science programmes at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

This highly practical programme enables graduates to work in either community or hospital based pharmacies, pharmacy wholesalers and as sales representatives with drug companies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Brian O’Rourke, BSc, MSc, PhD
E: brian.orourke@itcarlow.ie

Work Placement Co-ordinator
Nicola Cantwell, BSc Pharm, MPSI
E: nicola.cantwell@itcarlow.ie
T: 059 9175546