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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. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Note: Students should hold an Irish Heart Foundation Level 3 Heart Saver CPR Certificate or equivalent. This can be done with us during the duration of  the course for an additional fee. Please speak to the course director for further information.

Autumn 2018 Entry

We are accepting applications from students seeking to apply and secure their place early for 2018. An interview day will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 for early applicants. Places offered to successful candidates will be available until 15th December 2017.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over one academic year.   Acceptance on to full time courses is interview based.  Students must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course.  The college will assist you in getting a suitable placement.

Course Content Modules

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

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

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 Full time (Health Service Skills)

Cost: 4044 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit 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
FPYAOCT18
4044
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

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

  • Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €162
  • QQI exam fee: Included