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The Health Service Skills certificate with an emphasis on Occupational Therapy assistant provides training for Care Assistants and Occupational Therapy assistants and equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students gain a knowledge of the theory and principles of occupational therapy practice, and of the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the implementation of therapeutic programmes. Students learn about human occupation, growth and development and become familiar with the elements of activities of living. They develop the skills and techniques to assist a patient/client in the activities of living in order to enhance their quality of life. The Occupational Therapy Assistant also learns the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control.

Occupational therapists help people who have problems with their physical or mental health. Their aim is to maximise their clients independence at home and with their working and social lives. They assess needs, and plan and carry out activities that help people to look after themselves.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

Delivery is by blended learning with a combination of distance learning modules and modules delivered by attending part time classes for duration as listed in the dates given. Learners can start this blended learning programme at any stage by starting their distance learning modules. Students are also required to complete day workshops.  See here for workshop schedule.

Students must complete 100 hours work experience to complete this course Students must secure this placement themselves.

Course Content Modules

  1. Care Support
  2. Communications
  3. Anatomy and Physiology
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention & Control
  6. Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory *
  7. Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice *
  8. Work Experience
  9. Workplace Statutory Policies and Procedures
  10. Occupational First Aid (additional fee)

Study Options

Theory & Practice modules on their own €1,199

Health Service Skills Award €1,799

Theory & Practice modules with Health Service Skills full major award €1,999

By completing the additional Health Service skills you can gain a full major award in Occupational Therapy with Health Service Skills

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees.

Booking

Name: Occupational Therapy Assistant Part time (Health Care Skills)

Cost: 1999 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.


Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
DLOTA2016
1999
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can commence online learning at any time
  • Study at own pace
  • This is a blended learning course with class contact hours.  

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • QQI exam fee: included