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QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills - Code 5M3782
Patient Moving & Handling Certificates
Occupational First Aid

1 year Full-time – Mornings

About the course


The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to work in a supportive role in the area of rehabilitation, physical disability or dysfunction in a domestic or institutional setting.   The role of a PTA includes active participation in delivery of treatment with the physiotherapy team and/or the exercise therapy teams. A PTA assists the physiotherapist in the implementation of treatment interventions, carrying out one to one and group interventions. You will use your knowledge and training to apply different physiotherapeutic modalities as appropriate such as ice, heat, wax, TENS as directed by the team.

The course also covers Healthcare modules providing the skills necessary to progress to potential employment as a Physiotherapy Assistant or a Healthcare Assistant.

Entry Requirements

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

Programme of Study

Modules include:

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care Support
  • Care Skills
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Occupational First Aid

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

A Physiotherapy Assistant may gain employment assisting a physiotherapist in settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, and other health facilities or work as a Healthcare Assistant in similar settings.

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

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