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VTOS Healthcare Assistant


(This is a VTOS programme open to unemployed adults who are receiving a Social Protection payment. To qualify for this programme, you must be receiving a Social Protection payment for at least 6 months and be over 21 years of age.)

healthcare assistant course

Qualification / Certification

QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills

What is the course about?

Our Healthcare Assistant course will provide you with a recognized qualification to work in many Healthcare environments. The course is aimed at those who have an interest in working with people in the care areas of Homecare, Nursing Homes, Long Term Residential Settings, Hospitals and Community Day Care Support Services. Students on this programme will also receive training and certification in First Aid and Manual Handling. Students on this course are assisted with work experience placements.

Study areas:

  • Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Special Needs Assisting
  •  Care Skills
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Work Experience

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally.

How will I learn? How will I be assessed?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, practicals and work placements. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year and exams for some modules will take place at the end of the year.

What we would like from you!

Applicants with a willingness to work hard, an interest in working with people in a range of care situations.

Career/Progression opportunities:

Will this course improve my career potential? On successful completion of the course students can apply to Universities, Institutes of Technology and University Access Programs to study at degree level. This course will also provide you with a variety of career opportunities working in homecare, long term residential settings, nursing homes and hospitals.

How can I join?

You can apply in writing, email or by telephone to:

Patricia McStay, VTOS Coordinator at Cabra Community College, Dublin 7.

Telephone: 01-8389577

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