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The Health Care Services 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.

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Qualifications Gained

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

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This is a blended learning with a combination of distance learning modules workshops, usually held on a Sat and run approx 1 per month. See here for a full list of workshops.

Learners must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course and must secure this placement themselves

If students do not wish to study the full award; you can now book onto the Theory and Practice modules separately. (Click here for this option)

Course Content Modules

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



Name: Occupational Therapy Assistant Part time (Health Care Skills)

Cost: 1799 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can commence online learning at any time
  • Study at own pace
  • This is a blended learning course with class contact hours.  

Additional Course Costs

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  • QQI exam fee: included