Medication Dispensing

Be equipped with the knowledge and required skills to pack the medications as per prescribed in the prescription and dispense it safely to the patient

Medication Dispensing 1


This module equips the learner with the knowledge and required skills to pack the medications as per prescribed in the prescription and dispense it safely to the patient.

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate common medications between their generic and brand/trade names, the different forms, therapeutic uses and routes of medications administration.
  2. Assist in prioritising orders for dispensing medications and validation of prescriptions before entering the data accurately as per prescribed.
  3. Perform pharmaceutical calculations, packing of medications, labelling and prioritise orders for dispensing medications correctly as prescribed.
  4. Recognize some common prescription/medication errors and report it according to organisational guidelines and safe practices.
  5. Assist in proper storage, perform inventory, supply/replenish and proper disposal of medications.

Course Outline

  1. General principles in clinical pharmacology and therapeutic uses of prescribed medicines
  2. Factors affecting prioritisation of prescriptions
  3. Methods to prioritise prescription orders
  4. Computerised dispensing systems
  5. Pharmaceutical calculations
  6. Types of container used in packaging
  7. Requirements for medication labels
  8. Dispensing error reporting procedures
  9. Common medications by generic and proprietary brand names
  10. Available sources of drug information
  11. Institutions’ drug formulary and availability of prescribed medicines
  12. Special arrangement to supply prescribed medicine not readily available
  13. Storage conditions
  14. Identify required drugs and ingredients by the International Nonproprietary Name (INN), generic, common or brand names
  15. Identify basic drug related problems in prescriptions and/or medication orders
  16. Prioritise the order in which prescriptions are processed
  17. Enter prescription data accurately into patients’ medication records
  18. Perform pharmaceutical calculations
  19. Pack medications accurately according to prescriptions
  20. Apply legible, comprehensible and complete labels to packed medicines
  21. Replenish stock of prepacked medication
  22. Issue stocks to relevant locations
  23. Identify and report medication incidents including near misses, dispensing errors, verifications and outcomes to supervisors
  24. Check that medications and labels are prepared in accordance to prescriptions
  25. Validate prescriptions in accordance to legal requirements and organisational guidelines
  26. Identify invalid or deficit prescriptions
  27. Seek rectification from prescribers on invalid or deficit prescriptions
  28. Identify the prescribed drugs on prescriptions

Target Audience

  1. Existing healthcare workers

Entry Requirements

  1. Obtained at least a C6 pass at N-Level in any 1 subject or equivalent; OR
  2. Workplace Literacy & Numeracy (WPLN) Level 4 (Speaking, Listening, Reading & Numeracy) and Level 3 (Writing)


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a formal recognition through the award of a Statement(s) of Attainment (SOA) from SkillsFuture Singapore.

Medication Dispensing 2

Course Date

12 June 2023

11 September 2023

Course Date

12 June 2023

11 September 2023

Course Date & Registration

Course Date

To be Confirmed

Course Duration

The training is delivered via classroom and practical sessions

Total: 4.1 days

  • Day 1: Asynchronous/Synchronous e-learning (2 hours)
  • Day 1, 2 & 3: Classroom training (22 hours)
  • Day 4: Assessment (1 hour)
  • Clinical attachment (8 hours)

Course Venue

HMI Institute

Course Fee

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is providing course fee funding to the healthcare in-service staff.

  1. Up to 70% course fee subsidy for Singaporean aged 21-39 & SPR 21 years and above.
  2. Up to 90% course fee subsidy for Singaporean aged 40 & above.
  3. Up to 90% course fee subsidy for all staff (Singaporean & SPR) under the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) for SME employers.

Full Course Fee$726.00 (before GST)

Baseline Subsidy

(Non-SME SC/SPR <40 y/o)

Fee Payable After SSG 70% Subsidy

$237.40 (including 9% GST)

Enhanced Subsidy

(All SME SC/SPR + Non SME SC/SPR >39 y/o)

Fee Payable After SSG 90% Subsidy

$79.13 (including 9% GST)


HMI Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel the courses if minimum enrolment is not met.

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