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.
- QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.
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. Learners 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.
Learners must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course and must secure this placement themselves.
If students do not wish to study the full award; you can now book onto the Theory and Practice modules separately. (Click here for this option)
Course Content Modules
- Care Support
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Human Growth and Development
- Infection Prevention & Control
- Physiotherapy Assistant Theory *
- Physiotherapy Assistant Practice *
- Work Experience
- Occupational First Aid (additional fee)
Name: Physiotherapy Assistant Part time (Health Service Skills)
Cost: 1999 Euro
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Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
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