Certificate in Checking Accuracy for Pharmacy Technicians

Certificate in Checking Accuracy for Pharmacy Technicians

Course Overview

  • 1

    Year P/T

  • 7


  • N/A


Why take this course?

The Certificate in Checking Accuracy for Pharmacy Technicians is a special purpose award designed to provide qualified community and hospital pharmacy technicians with checking accuracy expertise. The objectives of the course are to support the role of the pharmacy technician in the dispensary, promote patient safety and risk management, and develop pharmacy technicians’ leadership and communication skills. This course provides an opportunity for pharmacy technicians to support their professional growth and facilitate an appropriate skill-mix within pharmacies in Ireland. It offers a flexible learning platform for prospective candidates as it combines the freedom of online lectures with the opportunity to interact with lecturers and fellow students.

• This course is the first checking accuracy programme for pharmacy technicians available in the Republic of Ireland.

• The course is designed for Irish pharmacy technicians working in the Irish healthcare system. Material covered in the programme is tailored to Irish legal, ethical and administrative processes.

What will I experience?

The course is primarily delivered online. It is delivered in the evenings to accommodate qualified pharmacy technicians in full-time employment. Participation in the course will require attendance in person at AIT’s campus for a comprehensive one-day induction in September and again for one day in late April/early May.

The online lecture content is divided into six core units:

Unit 1 Checking principles

Unit 2 Pharmacy dispensing

Unit 3 Ethics and law

Unit 4 Communication skills

Unit 5 Medication safety

Unit 6 Professional development

The course also involves logging 1000 dispensed items in the pharmacy. A nominated supervisor in the workplace will offer support, guidance and feedback to the students for the duration of the course.

What opportunities might it lead to?

On completion of this course, graduates may decide to undertake further distance-learning modules at AIT, such as the level 7 Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Care (SPA). Graduates may also decide to enrol in the full-time level 7 Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy Technician) programme.

Additional Information

Applications may be made online at www.ait.ie by following ‘Quicklinks’ and ‘Apply Online’.

Early applications are advisable as spaces are limited.

For further information, contact:

Admissions office, Athlone Institute of Technology

Tel: 090 646 8131

Email: admissions@ait.ie

Assessment Information

  • Multiple-choice question tests
  • Accuracy log
  • Reflective diary
  • Objective structured practical examination
  • Interview

Course Details

Course Fees:
Course Duration:
1 Year P/T
Registration Closing Date:

1 June 2020

Course Commencement Date:

September 2020

Cut Off CAO Points:
Median CAO Points:
Course Award:
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

• Pharmacy Technician qualification at (QQI) Level 6 or equivalent qualification

• At least one-year post qualification experience

• At least six months’ relevant work experience completed in the current dispensary where the candidate intends to complete their work-based experience

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