Bachelor of Science Pharmacy Technician

Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy Technician)

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Why take this course?

The primary aim of the BSc Pharmacy Technician programme is to advance the skills and knowledge of the qualified pharmacy technician. Furthermore, it seeks to enable the graduate to use his/her skills as a pharmacy technician to promote pharmacy practice in the area of pharmaceutical care of the patient and ultimately, to provide additional skills to the pharmacy technician in the areas of clinical pharmacy, medicines management, purchasing, clinical governance, ethics and aseptic practices. This will enable the graduate to consider career development in additional areas.

What will I experience?

Students will attend lectures at AIT Monday to Wednesday and attend pharmacy placement on Thursday and Friday throughout the academic year. Placement is organised by AIT in conjunction with the student. As well as placement the students will undertake a capstone project which allows them to delve into the research world for the first time. 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 opportunities might it lead to?

This programme will enable pharmacy technicians to further challenge the knowledge and skills acquired at level 6 whilst also providing them with an opportunity to develop as professionals with the latest skills in medicines management, pharmacy purchasing, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care, clinical governance and ethics, advanced pharmacy skills, pharmacy research methods and aseptic practices. As it is well recognised that there is pressure on time, workload and responsibilities within the pharmacy setting, it is therefore essential that pharmacy technicians are competent and proficient in undertaking additional roles within their work environment.

As a graduate of this degree, you may be eligible to pursue a Level 8 qualification in a health science domain, for example, health management. A number of graduates of this programme have been successful in entering pharmacy degrees (MPharm) in the Ireland (UCC & RCSI) & UK (Coleraine, Brighton, Kingston, Liverpool & Sunderland).

Additional Information

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Higher Certificate Level 6 qualification in Pharmacy Technician Studies.

Lecturer Testimonial

Dr Des Cawley, Head of Department, Nursing and Healthcare  Profile Image

Dr Des Cawley, Head of Department, Nursing and Healthcare

"Our students get extensive practical experience over their time with us; however, they will also explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy to ensure that they are ready for the world of work after graduating."

Course Structure

Year 3

Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Care, Placement, Research Project, Advanced Pharmacy Skills, Medicines Management, Clinical Governance and Ethics, Pharmacy Research Methods, Aseptic Practices, Pharmacy Purchasing and Sales and Applied Entrepreneurship.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Employment and progression opportunities lie in the following areas: pharmacy management, medicines management, sales, clozapine clinics, pre-operative clinics, anti-coagulation clinics and in accredited checking.

Further Study

As a graduate of this degree, you may be eligible to pursue a Level 8 qualification in a health science domain, for example, health management.

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