QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills – Code 5M3782 / Patient Moving and Handling Certificate / Occupational First Aid Certificate
1 year


Our Occupational Therapy Assistant programme provides the knowledge and skills to work with a physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness, or age. Learn techniques to help with injuries and disorders of muscles and joints.  This programme is designed for those interested in working as healthcare professionals. Gain work experience in the field and learn techniques to assist physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Entry Requirements

An interest in working as a Healthcare Professional. Work experience in the area would be an advantage.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Care Skills
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory

Core Modules

  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours may be required)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Additional Training

Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Handling is also offered.

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 

Students will be required to undertake Garda Vetting procedures prior to work placement.

Career Opportunities

Our programme provides the Department of Health’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy assistants can work in any healthcare setting under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists or occupational therapists.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in the FET sector at level 6 or to IT Colleges/Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme as outlined in this brochure.