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Study at home learning to become a Pharmacy Assistant.

If you want a career as a Pharmacy Assistant, our tutor supported open distance learning Pharmacy Assistant course provides the necessary knowledge, skills and qualification without disrupting your current lifestyle.

The DCA Home Learning Pharmacy Assistant course provides training in the core skills needed to embark on a rewarding career as a Pharmacy Assistant. The DCA supported self-study Pharmacy Assistant course is specially designed, allowing you to learn the skills of Pharmacy Assistance through flexible and cost-effective home study at your own time and pace.

With the DCA Home Learning Pharmacy Assistant course your Student Advisor is a Freephone call away. What's more, because the distance learning Pharmacy Assistant course is so comprehensive, no prior knowledge or skills are required. The DCA Pharmacy Assistant course provides an entry level diploma as proof our your competence and skills.

If you'd like to earn more money and enjoy working as a Pharmacy Assistant, the DCA home study course is the ideal distance learning training course for you.

Module 1 covers:
Important acronyms and diagnostic terms.
The major systems of the body
The skeletal system disorders of the skeletal system
Identification and purpose of skeletal muscles
Some important diagnostic procedures for detecting muscular diseases
The structure and function of the cardiovascular system
Circulation and electrical conduction in and through the heart
Identify important blood vessels in the body.
Blood composition and types
The components and function of the immune system
Disorders of the heart, blood and immune systems
Functions of the respiratory system, diagnostic treatment terms of the respiratory system
The structure and functions of the digestive system, and diagnostic procedures for detecting
Disorders of the digestive system
The structures, terminology and functions of the male and female reproductive systems
Describe functions, structures and disorders of the nervous system and disorders of the nervous system

Module 2 covers:
The human body
Cell structure
Cellular metabolism and reproduction
The anatomical terms used to refer to the body in terms of directions and geometric planes.
Major cavities of the body and the organs they contain.
Major functions of the four types of human tissue.
Structure of an atom.
Major chemical elements found in living systems.
Chemical reactions and chemical structures that are relevant to the study of human physiology.
Processes by which molecules are transported within and between cells.
PH and its significance in the human body.
Metabolism, Explain how other food components are used as energy sources.
Structure and components of the DNA molecule.
Stages in the cell cycle.
Significance of mitosis and meiosis, and contrast the two processes.
Classes of epithelial tissue.
Functions of glands, connective tissue, and epithelial tissue.
Main components of skin, and describe the layers of the epidermis.
Functions and characteristics of skin,
Anatomical parts of hair and nails.

Module 3 covers:
The basic differences between skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscle
Muscle tone and compare isotonic and isometric contractions
Factors that cause muscles to malfunction
The principal parts of the brain and their functions
The autonomic nervous system and describe how it functions
The basic anatomy of the sense organs and explain how they function
Disorders of the nervous system and of the senses.
Functions of hormones and classify their major chemical activities.
The major hormones and their effects
Functions of lymph and of the lymphatic system, and describe the flow of
Lymph through the body
Functions of the tonsils, the spleen, and the role of the thymus gland with regard to the lymphatic system
Major digestive enzymes and how they function
Functions of the liver
Functions of the respiratory system and name the organs in the system
Parts of the nose, pharynx, larynx, and trachea, and describe their functions
Structure and function of the bronchial tree, lungs, and pleura
Overall process of gas exchange that occurs during ventilation, external and internal respiration
Components, structures, and functions of the kidneys and the other
Components of the urinary system

Module 4 covers:
Solve problems involving fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions linked to drugs.
Name the various pharmaceutical preparations, and discuss their respective advantages.
The factors influencing dosage, and understand the concept of units per millilitre.
Interpret a medication order and prescription.
Local and systemic effects, and the various methods of administering drugs for local and systemic effects.
Safe administration of drugs, and identify reasons for errors in medication administration.
Explain ways to properly dispose of tablets or capsules, liquid medications, and needles.
Fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, and give examples of each.
The symptoms of specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The role of antioxidants in nutrition and how nutrition can affect various bodily functions.
Antibiotics, their general uses, and their serious side effects.
Common antiparasitic and antiviral agents.
The symptoms of an allergic reaction, and understand the role of histamines in allergic reactions.
The antigen-antibody reaction and how it may cause allergic reactions, and help detect
The symptoms of anaphylaxis.
The effects of emollients, demulcents, keratolytics, acne preparations, and astringents on the skin.
Agents used to treat fungal infections, and identify local anti-infectives.
Drugs used to hasten the process of coagulation, and discuss the uses of anticoagulants.
Drugs that affect the central nervous system.
Drugs used to treat migraine headaches, epilepsy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
Drug groups that affect the digestive system.
The different classes of diuretics and how they are used.
Drugs to treat urinary tract infections
Calculate a child's dose by applying the appropriate rule to the recommended adult dose
Drugs that are potentiated in their effects when taken with alcohol.
Identify drugs used to treat nicotine abuse.

Module 5 covers:
The anatomy of the respiratory tract
The clinical features of coughs, colds, sore throats and rhinitis
The anatomy of the eye
Various eye and eyelid disorders
The symptoms of ear wax impaction and otitis externa
The anatomy of the ear.
The symptoms and causes of headaches, insomnia and nausea
The various health conditions uniquely affecting women
The conditions that could affect the GI tract
Various skin disorders including psoriasis, scabies and acne
The assessment process for dermatological conditions
The symptoms and treatment related to head lice, threadworm, colic and fever in children
An overview of conditions particularly prevalent in childhood
This course has proved to be of great value in my chosen career. I have had the opportunity to train as a Pharmacy Dispenser and am about to start NVQ level 3 in Dispenser skills. I have made the right decision and love my job and studies. — Helen Parkins
Thank you for a great course. Really enjoyed it. I have been doing it whilst fighting throat cancer and it has given me something to fight for. It has certainly helped me take my mind of things. — Alison Rock
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