Pharmacy Interact Counter Assistant Course

IPU

IPU Pharmacy Interact Counter Assistant Course is a course geared for all staff working on the pharmacy medicine counter including full-time, part-time and Saturday staff. The course is delivered by distance learning and will increase medicine counter assistants’ product knowledge and begin to develop the skills needed to work in pharmacy. The time span is six months.

The course consists of two parts, each containing five modules. Each part is sent out separately for the assistant to work through at their own individual pace. The IPU Training Unit has provided a separate booklet for Republic of Ireland students, which highlights the differences between Irish law and practice.

Course Content
The course covers the following topics:

  • Pain
  • Coughs, Colds & Hay Fever
  • Indigestion, Heartburn & Constipation
  • Women’s Health, Child Health & Family Planning
  • Holiday Healthcare & First Aid
  • Skin & Feet
  • Mouth, Eyes & Ears
  • Healthy Living, Natural Remedies, Vitamins & Minerals
  • Pet Medicines

Assessment
Intertext activities within and multiple-choice questions (MCQs) at the end of each module will be marked by the supervising pharmacist.

At the end of each Part (5 modules), there is an assessment that is returned to and marked by the NPA Education & Training Department.

Successful Completion
Successful participants will be issued a Certificate of achievement.

Training Grant
This course is one on the approved courses claimable under the under the Training Grant Scheme. Up to €1,270 per year, per pharmacy is reimbursable for training from the PCRS. For further information on the Training Grant Scheme and to obtain claim forms, please contact the PCRS on 01 864 7100.

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