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Healthcare Support with EMT - Emergency Medical Services Training

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Westport College of Further Education

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 anyone who is interested in working as a Carer (Healthcare Support Staff) either in a hospital, nursing home, or in the community (in people’s homes). The course is also aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in Nursing/Midwifery, since our combination of modules will qualify for applying for Nursing courses through the CAO. In addition to a Healthcare Support qualification, students on this course have the opportunity to do PHECC Certified Emergency First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician courses. All our PHECC Certified courses are conducted by PHECC Certified Instructors through a PHECC Registered Institution.

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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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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Further Research

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Sample Careers

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Oncologist   Coroner  
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Clinical / Medical Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
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Epidemiologist   Laboratory Technician  
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Anaesthetist   Gastroenterologist  
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Embalmer   Dental Technician  
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Social Worker   Environmental Health Officer  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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