Certificate in Science for Dispensary Assistants

  • Certificate in Science for Dispensary Assistants
  • Special Purpose Award NFQ Level 6 – 60 ECTS Credits
  • September 2023
  • Two-day block release format over an 18 – 20 month period.
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


What is this Programme about?

The aim of this programme is to give students pharmaceutical theory and workplace experience in a variety of areas, including medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical techniques, pharmaceutical calculations, record keeping, and pharmaceutical regulations. The programme also aims to provide students with relevant on-going work experience.

Dispensary assistants will benefit in their knowledge and develop their roles further, resulting in a dynamic pharmacy team.

Modules which are covered on the course:

  • Regulations and Dispensing
  • Drug Actions and Uses
  • Pharmacy Admin and Work Placement
  • Over the Counter
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Communication & Customer Service

Who is this Programme for?

This programme is those who are currently employed in a community or hospital pharmacy and who carry out a role of a store assistants.

Course Delivery

This programme is delivered as a block release programme – one day per week for one academic year.

Online Support

Students will have full access to a range of supports available online and through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. These include our new online programme, PACE, which is designed to support students to access and effectively use library resources in order to complete assignments. Additional supports include an Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre, freely available to all students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be 23 years or older and currently working in the pharmacy sector.

Applicants under 23 years and working in the pharmacy sector must meet CAO entry requirements for higher education.

Applicants may be admitted to the programme using the Recognition of Prior Learning route in accordance with ITC RPL Policy which will be considered on a case by case basis.

For non-native English speakers: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL 575 (paper)/232 (computer) with TWE (5.0), TOEIC (730) or Cambridge CPE (A, B or C) and / or satisfactory performance at interview. These applications must be supported by two references completed by individuals capable of assessing the applicant’s suitability for the chosen programme

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy https://www.itcarlow.ie/resources/quality/quality-policies-procedures.htm and applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for this programme.

SETU Carlow’s RPL Policy offers clear pathways to the learner for recognition of previous learning undertaken and offer every credit to the learner in completing such learning. 

The Programme Board will be responsible for the assessment of entry standards and applications as part of any RPL Process.


Programme fee is €2,600.

For further information on course fees please contact the Extended Campus office on E: extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie

T: 059-9175286

Please note

This programme has secured funding under the Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet.

Eligible companies and individuals can secure a 40% contribution towards course fees.

You or your employer should contact Ashling Ward at 0876140386 or ashling@carlowkilkennyskillnet.ie to confirm that you are eligible for support.

Subject to terms and conditions.

How to apply

If you wish to apply to study through the Department of Extended Campus please use the link below


For information on our courses, please contact extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie or phone (059) 91 75826