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Occupational Therapy Assistant - Full Time

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7 months


QQI Level 5


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

Occupational Therapy Assistant - Full Time

This 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.


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

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.

The schedule of this course is condensed and delivered over 2 days per week to allow students optimum time to study and complete assignments. The usual days for delivery of this course are Monday and Wednesday however this is confirmed 2 weeks prior to the course commencment date. There is an assignment clinic from week 4 where students can book one-to-one time with their tutor for support on assignments.

Students must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course.  The college will assist you in finding a suitable placement.

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Care Support
  3. Communications
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention and Control
  6. Work Experience
  7. Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
  8. Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
  9. Occupationa first aid (additional fee)

Course price €2995

Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €162

QQI exam fee: included

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Course Code Location & Info Price
HOTM-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Two days per week, 10am-5.30pm & assignment clinic from week 4
€2995 Book Now
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