Healthcare Assistant

Home/Humanities and Health Studies/Healthcare Assistant

This course promotes the development of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for students to work in a a range of care environments while enhancing an awareness of the roles and responsibilites of the care assistant. Emphasis is placed on the importance of issues such as respect, dignity, empathy and confidentiality in the care of individuals in a healthcare setting. Students learn the required skills to provide care and support.

Caroline Quinn
Tel: (021) 4223831

1 year

QQI Level 5 Health Services Skills 5M3782

Manual handling and people moving training and certification (requirement for work experience)

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

Vulnerable Adult Awareness Certificate

Certificate in Adult CPR

500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)
Additional costs for a uniform, kits and vaccinations.

  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Palliative Care 5N3769
  • Work Experience 5N1356

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed.

Note: Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it.

  • Professional guest lectures from Ireland and the UK
  • 4 weeks work placement
  • MAPA training (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression training)
  • A fully equipped nursing/HCA room for all of their practical work
  • Safety and Health at Work workshop
  • Common Purpose Pitstop Leadership Programme for selected students

CCOC QQI Advanced Certificate in Health Services Supervisory Management Skills  6M4978
CCOC QQI Advanced Certificate in Psychosocial Awareness and Training (Inclusive Education and Training 6M2263)

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See  Progressions for details.

Nursing homes, hospitals, agency work, private homecare sector, intellectual disability environments All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

St. Finbarr’s Hospital has hosted student’s from Cork College of Commerce for work placement for almost 10 years. During their time in St. Finbarr’s, the student’s grow in confidence, develop their skills and become key members of the team on the wards. It is great to see Cork College of Commerce students who have completed a placement in our hospital coming back to work as members of staff following their graduation

Catherine White, Director of Nursing, St. Finbarr’s of Hospital.

Our past experience with students has been very positive with many engaging in internships and then employment by Cobh Community Hospital. Many of our past students continue to volunteer here or have moved onto employment elsewhere with the confidence they have built during their time spent at our facility.

Claire Dwyer, Education Supervisor Cobh Community Hospital

The mercy hospital facilitates students voluntary work placement, as part of their Nursing Studies programme. This takes place in 4 blocks per term, for a period of four weeks. This is a great opportunity for pre-nursing staff to experience life in this working environment. We are delighted to invite these students to become a part of our hospital and we wish them well in their future nursing careers,

Cleo Davies, PA to Director of Nursing, Mercy Hospital Cork
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