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Occupational Therapist

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Health Care Support

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Collinstown Park Community College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

To prepare learners with the necessary knowledge and
skills to work in the Health Care Support Area.

What will you Study?

Mandatory Components:
Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356

Elective Components:
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Word Processing 5N1358
Social Studies 5N1370
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
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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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
DHSXX 5M4339

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Further Research

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