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This Health Service Skills Certificate with an emphasis on Physiotherapy Assistant provides training for care assistants and physiotherapy assistants and equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students study human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, they become familiar with common medical conditions and the main clinical features of these conditions.

The Physiotherapy Assistant works with the Physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness or age. They use techniques to help with injuries and disorders of muscles and joints. The techniques include exercise, massage, and other treatments such as hydrotherapy, deep heat or ultrasound.

The Physiotherapy Assistant gains an understanding of the principles and practices of rehabilitation to assist in the care of the individual with a Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury or Limb absence. Through practice, the Physiotherapy Assistant becomes skilled in the therapeutic handling of patients in a range of physiotherapy interventions.

Physiotherapy Assistants learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. Human growth and development is explored so that they are able to relate to people at various levels of personal development.

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

This is a part time course. 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. Learner can start this blended learning programme at any stage by starting their distance learning modules. Students are also required to complete day workshops, usually held on a Sat and run approx 1 per month. See here for workshop schedule.

In January, students will study the Theory and Practice modules of the programme.

Course Content Modules

  1. Care Support
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Communications
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention & Control
  6. Physiotherapy Assistant Theory *
  7. Physiotherapy 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 Health Service Skills with Physiotherapy

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: Physiotherapy Assistant (Theory & Practice Modules)

Cost: 1199 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
EPHYDSFB18
1199
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 13/02/18 - 01/05/18
  • Tues 6.30-9.30pm
  • 12 weeks contact delivery. Students will be required to complete some self-directed study in preparation for the practical classes and to complete theory      
DLPSA2016
1999
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can commence online learning at any time
  • Study at own pace
  • This is a blended learning course with classroom contact hours.  

Additional Course Costs

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

  • QQI: Included in course fees