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Entry Requirements

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.  Work experience in the area would be an advantage.


1 year Full time - Mornings

QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support - Code 5M4339 Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Handling Certificates

About the course


The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to work under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings or to progress to further and or higher education and training. In response to a growing ageing population and the development of care of the Older Person services in Ireland, the demand for skilled and competent personnel is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Modules include

• Care Support
• Safety and Health at Work
• Care Skills
• Care of the Older Person
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Patient Moving and Handling
• Occupational First Aid
• Word Processing
• Communications
• Work Experience

Work Experience

Supervised clinical experience in nursing homes, hospitals, and other health facilities is incorporated into this course. This will take the form of one day per week for the academic year.

Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Support Certificate is the Department of Health’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector.

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands

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