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Medical & Legal Secretarial Skills

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Castlebar College of Further Education

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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 is orientated towards the use of computer applications in the Business, Healthcare and Legal Sectors and aims to equip students with the skills to operate efficiently as a medical or legal secretary. Students receive specialised training in the use of medical terminology which will assist them to secure employment in Healthcare Administration. Students will also study the Irish legal system and gain an insight into the work of the legal profession. All students complete a 2 week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Audio Transcription 5N1549
Text Production 5N1422
Database Methods 5N0783
Work Experience 5N1356
Customer Service 5N0972
Information and Administration 5N1389
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
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.

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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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