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


Our Rehabilitative Therapy programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competence to work under supervision in various Rehabilitative Healthcare settings. Specialize in a chosen area of interest and progress to further and higher education and training.

The purpose of this award is to enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to work under supervision in providing support in Rehabilitative Healthcare settings. The demand for skilled and competent rehabilitative healthcare assistants is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Entry Requirements          

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

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Rehabilitation Support
  • Care Provision and Practice

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

The Healthcare Service Skills award is the Department of Health’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector. After completing the programme, 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.

Join our Rehabilitative Therapy programme and develop the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on people’s lives.