• EQF Home Page Icon

Qualification: DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Pharmacist Assistant

DIPLOMA OF FIRST LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION with professional qualification: Pharmacist Assistant

Qualification Information

Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001):  Read standard. Occupational standards:  Occupational standards register



Competences:

1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
1.1. fundamentals of law;
1.2. manufacturing of pharmaceuticals according to the principles of good manufacturing practice;
1.3. operational practices of pharmaceutical companies - economic principles;
1.4. basic principles of homeopathy;
1.5. plant morphology, basic taxonomy principles.
2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
2.1. introduction to microbiology - role of microorganisms in external environment and human body;
2.2. structure of the human body, main organ systems, their functions and interconnectedness;
2.3. regularities determining life processes in a healthy body;
2.4. first aid principles;
2.5. properties of inorganic and organic substances, their relation to the functions of a living organism and their use in pharmacy;
2.6. chemical structure of pharmaceuticals - principles and methods of analysis;
2.7. quality control of pharmacy compounded medications;
2.8. regularities characterizing impact of medicine components on human body;
2.9. medicine indications and contraindications, side effects, their prevention;
2.10. interaction of different medications, consequences and prevention of medication misuse;
2.11. monitoring of the prescription procedure;
2.12. reimbursement arrangements for covered prescription medications;
2.13. labelling of pharmaceuticals;
2.14. movement of goods in pharmacies and wholesale companies;
2.15. food supplements;
2.16. biologically active plant substances, their effects;
2.17. clinical manifestations of common diseases, principles of therapy;
2.18. on-the-spot diagnostic testing methods;
2.19. basic principles of disease prevention;
2.20. morphological structure of plants;
2.21. professional terms in the official language and two foreign languages.
3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
3.1. official language;
3.2. ability to communicate in at least two foreign languages;
3.3. ethics in assistant pharmacist’s practice;
3.4. basic principles of deontology;
3.5. Latin medical terms in pharmacy;
3.6. medical psychology and communication of an Assistant Pharmacist with customers;
3.7. health education - human health preservation, improvement, extension of life-span;
3.8. hygiene – effects of environmental factors on the human body;
3.9. healthy lifestyle principles, importance of proper and complete nutrition in health preservation and extension of life-span;
3.10. information technologies in pharmacy;
3.11. classification of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical industry;
3.12. pharmacy compounding; types of pharmacy compounded medications;
3.13. incompatibility of medication substances in formulation technology;
3.14. storage of medications;
3.15. good distribution practice of medications;
3.16. pharmaceutical laws and regulations;
3.17. most important groups of medical products, their storage;
3.18. basic principles of pharmaceutical care, teamwork in pharmaceutical care;
3.19. medicinal herbs, preparation and use;
3.20. environmental protection;
3.21. occupational health and safety;
3.22. employment relationship.



Skills:

1. To comply with pharmaceutical laws and regulations.
2. To use information technologies to carry out professional activities.
3. To prepare medications, solutions, ointments, mixtures, suspensions, powders, suppositories, drops, emulsions, injection solutions, eye drops, eye ointments according to an individual doctor's prescription or written order issued by a medical institution.
4. To perform quantitative and qualitative inspection of medications.
5. To determine quality of treated water.
6. To dispense medications under the supervision of a pharmacist.
7. To dispense health care and personal care products; be able to correctly, clearly and unambiguously explain their use to the customer.
8. To recognize medicinal plants and herbs, be able to correctly, clearly and unambiguously explain their preparation and use to the customer.
9. To be able to provide professional, clear, correct, unambiguous information to the customers of the pharmacy, doctors and other healthcare professionals on issues related to health care and body care products.
10. To apply basic principles of marketing.
11. To promote healthy lifestyle and preventive healthcare.
12. To be able to carry out on-the-spot diagnostic tests.
13. To provide first aid, if necessary.
14. To record information on the identified adverse drug reactions (pharmacovigilance).
15. To use and explain professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
16. To collaborate with other health care professionals, working in a team and within the framework of his or her competence to provide quality pharmaceutical care.
17. To communicate fluently in the official language.
18. To communicate fluently in at least two foreign languages.
19. To work with professional information.
20. To use communication skills.
21. To respect and protect individual data and confidential information.



Knowledge:

1. To comply with pharmaceutical laws and regulations.
2. To use information technologies to carry out professional activities.
3. To prepare medications, solutions, ointments, mixtures, suspensions, powders, suppositories, drops, emulsions, injection solutions, eye drops, eye ointments according to an individual doctor's prescription or written order issued by a medical institution.
4. To perform quantitative and qualitative inspection of medications.
5. To determine quality of treated water.
6. To dispense medications under the supervision of a pharmacist.
7. To dispense health care and personal care products; be able to correctly, clearly and unambiguously explain their use to the customer.
8. To recognize medicinal plants and herbs, be able to correctly, clearly and unambiguously explain their preparation and use to the customer.
9. To be able to provide professional, clear, correct, unambiguous information to the customers of the pharmacy, doctors and other healthcare professionals on issues related to health care and body care products.
10. To apply basic principles of marketing.
11. To promote healthy lifestyle and preventive healthcare.
12. To be able to carry out on-the-spot diagnostic tests.
13. To provide first aid, if necessary.
14. To record information on the identified adverse drug reactions (pharmacovigilance).
15. To use and explain professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
16. To collaborate with other health care professionals, working in a team and within the framework of his or her competence to provide quality pharmaceutical care.
17. To communicate fluently in the official language.
18. To communicate fluently in at least two foreign languages.
19. To work with professional information.
20. To use communication skills.
21. To respect and protect individual data and confidential information.

Reference Data

EQF Level:
Thematic area:
Information Language:
Location:
NQF Level: 
5
Awarding body: 

- Rīgas 1. medicīnas koledža

Awarding body contact info: 

TOMSONA IELA 37, VIDZEMES PRIEKŠPILSĒTA, RĪGA, LV-1013
Tālr.: 67371147
Fakss: 67371147
E-pasts: medskola@medskola.lv

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Pharmacist assistant (3213 01)

Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)