IT Carlow announces new Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies


IT Carlow announces new Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Technician StudiesInstitute of Technology Carlow has announced a new degree course, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies.

The NFQ level 7 course is a 60-credit add-on programme for learners who have completed 120 credits of the institute’s existing Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies, or equivalent. It can be undertaken as a one-year full-time course (CW127) or part-time over two years (CW157), with application via the CAO.

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies is designed to reflect the changing role of pharmacy technicians who contribute to the effective and safe optimisation of patients' medicines and personalised healthcare in a responsible and ethical way. Sláinte Care, the government’s ten-year programme for health services in Ireland, places an emphasis on the prevention and self-management of chronic illness with pharmacy teams, both in community and hospital settings, have a key role in the delivery of these objectives.

“Pharmacy technicians are the backbone of the dispensary team and have a huge role to play in safe medicine management. As the role of the pharmacist expands, we need to ensure that their dispensary teams are given the opportunity to upskill also. This level 7 course will ensure that pharmacy technicians will be ready, willing and able to continue to provide the highest standard of support to pharmacists and care for patients”, commented pharmacist and IT Carlow lecturer Nicola Cantwell.

“Since the onset of the global pandemic, pharmacy technicians have played a key role in enabling pharmacies and hospitals to keep their doors open and have been a huge asset to communities. Patient care has not been compromised in anyway. With the opening of mass vaccination centres, pharmacy technicians have also been involved in vaccination stewardship and the supply of prefilled syringes to vaccinators. Our new course will provide technicians the opportunity to get formal qualifications to reflect much of the experiential learning gained over the course of their careers”, added Ms Cantwell.

As part of the programme, learners will undertake more advanced and specific modules while continuing to develop transferable skills such as written and verbal communications and team work. A variety of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies will be applied, such as discussions, group projects, hands-on practical classes, problem-based learning and case studies.

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