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Healthcare Supervision

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

Dunboyne College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. The nurse needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups.

Nursing Studies will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The aim of the course is to provide the academic and practical foundation for entry into nurse training as well as the social and human skills necessary for a career in the general healthcare area.

What will you Study?

Care Support 5N0758
Communications 5N0690
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Work Experience 5N1356
Care Skills 5N2270
Word Processing 5N1358
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Social Studies 5N1370
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