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Emergency Medical Services Training

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Westport College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at those who wish to work as a Healthcare Support staff member in a hospital or nursing home.

Learners who successfully complete this one year FETAC Level 5 certificate will qualify as Healthcare Support staff. It is envisaged that this course will improve graduates chances of recruitment to either the Fire Service (CFR and EFR) or Ambulance Service, public or private (EMT). Students may also use this course to apply for Nursing Studies at Third Level.

What will you Study?

Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Biology 5N2746
Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Emergency Department Care Skills 5N2270
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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
DCHSX 5M4468

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