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Cardiology in Clinical Pharmacy Practice Module

Duration: 12 weeks contact time.
Closing Date: 31st July, for admission in September; 5th January for admission in January (biannual intake)

Course Co-ordinator: Ms. Niamh McMahon
Marian Cash (Executive Officer)
Telephone: +353 1 896 3736 (Mon, Wed, Thurs morning); +353 1 896 3181

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Ireland. As a result, the Health Service Executive has placed a high priority on tackling this issue and has put a national strategy in place, with clinical care programmes specifically designed to address the key areas of concern. The aim of this module is to equip pharmacists with the requisite knowledge and skills to optimise management of cardiovascular patients in both the hospital and community settings and in doing so improve patient safety and pharmaceutical care of this patient group.

Course objectives:

The course is intended to help pharmacists to:

  1. Identify and critically assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with cardiovascular disease.
  2. Optimise drug therapy in patients with cardiovascular disease
  3. Integrate drug therapy into an overall cardiovascular disease management plan.
  4. Provide appropriate advice to patients and other healthcare professionals regarding disease prevention, risk reduction and disease management, including drug therapy.
  5. Manage drug therapy for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions in both hospital and community pharmacy settings.
  6. Satisfy requirements for Continuing Professional Development.

Course structure & content

The course is primarily delivered online by distance-learning (via Blackboard 9.1 and podcast lectures), with face-to-face evening workshop sessions at the start and end of the programme. The course was developed by pharmacists and doctors from hospital and community backgrounds and will carry 5 credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
The course is structured as follows:




Initial face-to-face session: Orientation and introduction




Lipid lowering therapy


Ischaemic heart disease


Acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction




Cardiac arrhythmias - focus on atrial fibrillation.


Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks


Heart failure


Pharmaceutical care of cardiology patients in the community
Practice dilemmas Part 1


Practice dilemmas Part 2


Final face-to-face session: Summary drawing on all the above topics with emphasis on applying principles to practice.

Students undertake all topics, for each of which there is a podcast lecture (with lecture slides), directed reading material, online activities and guidance for practice.


Assessment of the course includes:

  • Online assignments (multiple choice questions, case studies etc.)
  • Casework (including online discussion fora)
  • Reflective portfolio.

Admission requirements

  • Candidates must be registered (or eligible to be registered) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (
  • Work on a regular basis in community or hospital pharmacy practice (full/part-time).

Further information

Further information is available from the Course Co-ordinator or Executive Officer.