DT425: Student Perspective
DT425: Course Description
What is... Pharmacy Technician Studies?
This programme prepares students for a profession as a Pharmacy Technician in either a hospital or community pharmacy. It develops practical, professional and academic skills required to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy, not requiring the professional judgement of the pharmacist.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
A rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician, with many employment opportunities in community and hospital pharmacy awaits graduates of this programme. Other employment opportunities include medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers.
What other options do I have after completion?
Progression opportunities for further study also exist, including Pharmacy Degrees and Pharmaceutical and Scientific Qualifications in Ireland and elsewhere. Opportunities exist within the school to transfer to an honours degree in Pharmaceutical Healthcare. Recent evidence suggests that in addition to offers of pharmacy study in the UK, graduates are also being interviewed to study BSc Pharmacy in Ireland.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
The skills learned on this programme include knowledge of prescription and non-prescription medicines, and how they are formulated and used to treat illnesses. Students will develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses and communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland.
Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing. They will be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems. They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Students will have a detailed course in Health and Safety to ensure they will carry out their duties in a safe manner.
Furthermore, central to the philosophy of the course is that graduates will have a theoretical and practical training in basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, maths, and pharmacology. These subjects support the pharmacy technician profession, and also provide a pathway to higher qualifications, including BSc Pharmacy.
Work Placement: The programme includes a Pharmacy placement, which can be carried out either in a hospital or community pharmacy. This allows the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills. This work placement is flexible and time allowances can be accumulated working in a Pharmacy throughout the duration of the programme. Prior experience in a pharmacy can be considered as part of the placement. Please note, while encouraged, payment for this placement is not guaranteed, and is subject to arrangement between student and placement pharmacy.
- Introduction to Business with IT skills
- Pharmacy Practice
- Mathematics for Scientists
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Management
- Professional Development ePortfolio
- Nutrition and Health Studies
- Basic Pharmaceutical Microbiology
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Pharmaceutical Formulations
- Pharmacy Practice
- Pharmacy Work Placement
School of Food Science & Environmental Health
T: 01 402 4400 (Dr. Julie Dunne- course co-ordinator)
What our Students say!
The Pharmacy Technician Studies course has been a remarkable grounding in the sciences and labs and has provided me with a diverse amount of knowledge in the area of Pharmacy and Pharmacy related subjects. The teaching has been impeccable and the intimate feel of the college is what makes studying at DIT truly unique. Lectures didn’t feel like huge halls, but more like intimate classrooms, where it was perfectly acceptable and encouraged to stop lecturers mid sentence and ask questions when required. In addition to this, lecturers would sacrifice their time to students even after class to help with queries. Hence, the learning environment was very much supported. From day one of induction, I remember how we were all advised to be there for one another throughout our time in DIT as after all, our chosen profession is a caring one. The camaraderie within the class was wonderful and the structure of the course, with its large emphasis on labs, ensures team work which helps forge great relationships. My interest in the area of Pharmacy began after having worked in a Community Pharmacy for close to a year. I used the Technician Studies course as a gauge to determine would I be left with a sense of wanting to delve deeper into the subject afterwards. The academic experience has exceeded my expectations and has led me to apply for a Pharmacy Degree and I thank the Pharmacy Technician Studies course for paving the way for my passion in the area.