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Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. 

For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

1 Year Full-time - Mornings and Two Afternoons

QQI Level 5 - Office Administration - Code 5M1997

About the course

Aim
This course prepares students for employment opportunities in a medical setting using the latest software.  The course provides training in the use of office productivity software (Microsoft) as well as medical software i.e. the Helix Practice Manager application. This software is widely used in hospitals and General Practitioner settings.   Emphasis is also placed on developing good communication and interpersonal skills.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent.  For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.  Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview

Programme of Study
Modules include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Word Processing
  • Computer Applications
  • Information and Administration
  • Audio/Text Production
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Helix Practice Manager

Work Experience
Two weeks work experience in a medical environment is incorporated into this course

Career Opportunities
Medical Secretaries provide administrative support to the medical profession, e.g., secretaries/receptionists in hospitals, GP practices and medical centres.  The course includes Medical Terminology which is essential to work in this area.  A qualified Medical Secretary will need to have:

  • An interest in health and medical matters
  • Tact and empathy when dealing with patients
  • Good computer and administrative skills
  • Good spoken/written communication skills
  • Respect for confidentiality

Progression
Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies to the Certificate in Administration Level 6 available in the College or to Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • DIT, DT324 Business Management
  • IT Blanchardstown, BN016 Business

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

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