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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

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Medical Secretary

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

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

Course Description

This course gives students the skills necessary to work in a medical environment.

What will you Study?

Information and Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
Database Methods 5N0783
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Bookkeeping 5N1354
Audio Transcription 5N154
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690

Optional Module:
Start Your Own Business 5N1418
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

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Front Office Junior Manager   Payroll Manager  
Personal Assistant   Secretary  
Archivist   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Medical Records Clerk   Medical Secretary  
Optician   Manager - Hospital / Healthcare  
Hair & Scalp specialist   Audiologist  
Neurologist   Phlebotomist  
Herbalist   Immunologist  
Naturopath   Optometrist  
Psychiatrist   Ophthalmologist  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Doctor / GP   Pharmacist  
Embryologist   Orthoptist  
Radiographer - Diagnostic   Radiographer - Therapeutic  
Health and Safety Inspector   Nurse - Advanced Nurse Practitioner  
Physical Therapist   Nurse Tutor  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Respiratory Technician  
Spinologist   Lactation Consultant  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapists   Nurse - Children's  
Nurse Prescriber   Chiropractor  
Dental Hygienist   Dental Nurse/Surgery Assistant  
Acupuncturist   Nurse - Midwife  
Nurse - General   Nurse - Intellectual Disability  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Physiotherapist  
Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care   Speech & Language Therapist  
Health Educator/Promotion Officer   Aromatherapist  
Nurse - Public Health   Theatre / Perioperative Nurse  
Sports Scientist    Physiotherapist - Sports   
Dispensing Optician   Medical Sales Representative   
Firefighter   Psychologist - Clinical  
Occupational Therapist   Psychotherapist  
Social Worker    

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)

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