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Physiotherapy Assistant - Full Time

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7 months


QQI Level 5


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

Physiotherapy Assistant - Full Time

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. 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 commencement 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. Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  8. Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  9. Workplace Statutory Policies and Procedures
  10. Occupational 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
HPYS-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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