Certification

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

Duration

1 year

Aim

A Physiotherapy Assistant works with a Physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness or age. They use techniques to help with injuries and disorders of muscles and joints.

Entry Requirements          

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

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours may be required)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
Elective Modules
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Care Skills

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

Additional Training

Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Lifting 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 prior to work placement commencement.

Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Service Skills award is 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.

Progression

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.