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Medical - Dental Reception

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Cork College of Commerce

Cork College of Commerce
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 Certificate course provides students with skills and knowledge specifically for the medical, dental and general health sector.

What will you Study?

Information and Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Communications 5N0690
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods 5N0783
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
Socrates Medical Package
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSSX 5M1997

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.