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Health Service Skills - Emergency Care

Course Code(s):  5M3782 CIO61ER
QQI Award Code:  5M3782 Health Service Skills
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3782 CIO61ER
QQI Award Code 5M3782 Health Service Skills
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is suitable for students who wish to work in either the Fire or Ambulance services. This course will lead to a QQI Level 5 award in Health Service skills with an additional award certification in Emergency First Responder, accredited by The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). Learners will train for Emergency First Responder incorporating Cardiac First Responder certification which is also PHECC accredited.

What will you Study?

Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Care Support 5N0758
Emergency Department Care Skills 5N2270
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Communications 5N0690
Mathematics 5N1833
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Word Processing 5N1358
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.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M3782

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