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Healthcare Support - Care of the Elderly

Course Code(s):  5M4339 5M3782
QQI Award Code:  5M3782 Health Service Skills
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Mallow College of Further Education

Mallow College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339 5M3782
QQI Award Code 5M3782 Health Service Skills
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Learners will develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications to work as healthcare assistants in various settings. Graduates of this course can work as part of a care team assisting nurses in hospitals and in Nursing homes. Graduates can also help with an individuals personal care as home help.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Disability Studies
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
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