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Healthcare Support

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Cuan's College

St. Cuan's College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course prepares successful graduates to work competently, as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, and home help support. The Healthcare support course is structured to provide a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification for anyone pursuing a career in the Healthcare Sector.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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DHSXX 5M4339

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