Module Title:Work Placement Pharmacy Technician
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 30
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Work placement enhances the student’s learning through practical first hand experience in the work place. Organising their own placement, learning to interact with staff members and customers/patients will encourage the student to engage in the hospital or community pharmacy and learn work-related practical skills. Students completing part of their placement in industry will develop the lab based skills required to become competent in the preparation of products such as OPAT, chemotherapy etc.
Module Aim: During the work placement period, students are based in either hospital, community or industry. This opportunity for practice based learning allows them to develop the core competencies required by pharmacy technicians from entry level to practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Focus on the technical aspects of the prescription, the gathering of patient information for the pharmacist to review, product preparation, product distribution and inventory control;
LO2 Assume responsibility for their own actions, be accountable to the public and contribute to the overall functioning of the pharmacy to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
LO3 Practice in accordance with legislation, professional standards, guidelines and/or policies
LO4 Work very closely with the pharmacist in order to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for the patient
LO5 Collaborate with each other and members of the health care team and broader circle of care, act as mentors to promote the growth and development of the profession and commit to lifelong learning.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Work Placement
Students must work 832 hours June to December in hospital, community or a combination of both. Students have the option to complete a maximum of 320 hours outside of Ireland or in the pharmacy industry.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students are required to develop a work placement portolio which consists of: Placement Diary Placement Presentation Research Poster Diary Exercises Competency Sheets Tutor Sheets These will provide an evidence base that the student has achieved and understood the core competencies required from a pharmacy technician. 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 Week 24
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Placement 12 Weeks per Stage 69.33
Contact Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Total Hours 844.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 3 Mandatory
Discussion Note: Work Placement Coordinator is allocated one timetabled hour per practical group for this module. This time is used for student sessions in relation to understanding work placement, liaising with pharmacy tutors, one to one meetings with students, coordinating with IT Carlow Careers Services and engaging with the pharmacy industry. Work placement posters are presented at the annual conference of National Association of Hospital Pharmacy Technicians. Presentations are shared with first year pharmacy technicians in Semester 1. Job fairs, industry visits, CV and interview workshops are all included in this module and take place during semester 2.