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Cavan Institute

Healthcare Security Officer


Healthcare Security Officer

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this Healthcare Security Officer course will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be eligible to apply for work in a specialised custodial or healthcare setting but they will also have necessary core skills to work as a security officer in any traditional settings.


At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this Healthcare Security Officer course may progress to the QQI level 6 course in Security Operations and Administration (Supervisory) or the Health Services Supervisory Management course also at level 6. Elsewhere: Graduates of this course in Healthcare Security Officer 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 Higher Education Institutions (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

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Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies.

  • Guarding Skills 

  • Infection Prevention and Control 

  • Safety and Health at Work 

  • Work Experience 

  • Retail Security 

  • Care Skills 

  • Legal Practice and Procedure 

  • Security Industry Procedures 

  • Elder Abuse 

  • Patient Moving and Handling 

  • Conflict Resolution 

  • Communications 

  • Occupational First Aid

About This Course

This course enables the student to develop the skills required to carry out a security function in a healthcare setting such as a hospital, nursing home, clinic or primary care centre. The role of security officer in a healthcare setting merges the skills of a conventional security officer with specific additional skills that would be essential to work in a healthcare setting. As well as a structured programme of induction at St. James Hospital this course features work experience at the hospital as well as on the job training in new generation technologies by SAR Security.

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