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Health Service Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Health Service Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Code: CI061CK
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills
QQI Code: 5M3782
Duration: 1 Year
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Health Service Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course is suitable for students who are considering a career in occupational therapy (OT). The course will focus on developing an understanding of impaired mobility and its impact on human occupational performance and ability and the role of occupational therapy in current healthcare services. Students will obtain work experience in general hospitals, homes for the elderly, disability schools/homes, rehabilitation centres and respite care centres for a two-week period. The practical aspect of the course will give students a good understanding of hospital life and the qualities and characteristics required for a successful career as an occupational therapist. Students will develop an awareness of how to assist the OT in the implementation of therapeutic programmes. Work experience and assessment is undertaken under the supervision of a qualified OT. During their placement, students will develop an understanding of how to plan for and engage the client in self-care activities and examine the components of the OT process, from assessment through treatment planning and implementation to treatment closing.

Course Content
Anatomy and Physiology
Care Support
Communications
Infection Prevention and Control
Intellectual Disability Studies
Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
Rehabilitation Support
Understanding Mental Health
Maths
Work Experience


Career Opportunities
Successful graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for a position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in a variety of therapy/care settings.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates are eligible to progress to the level 6 course, Health Services Supervisory Management available at Cavan Institute.

Elsewhere:Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements). Options to study in the UK are also available.
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