Our course in Occupational Therapy Studies is suitable for students who are considering a career in occupational thera­py (OT).

Occupational Therapy Studies


Course Fees


The Occupational Therapy Studies course will focus on developing the students understand­ing of impaired mobility and its impact on human occupational performance and ability, and of 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.

About This Course

Course Content

Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice

Rehabilitation Support

Infection Preventation and Control


Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory

Understanding Mental Health

Anatomy and Physiology

Work Experience


Care Skills

Care Support

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.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates are eligible to progress to the level 6 Health Services Supervi­sory Management course available at Cavan Institute.


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.

Career Opportunities

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


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills

PHECC Cardiac First Response Advanced Training with Basic Life Support (CFR-A)

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