Healthcare Assistant

//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.

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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.

Safety & Health Certification.

HSELanD Certification.

MAPA (Management of Potential and Actual Aggression) Certification.

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  – Explore how older people change and develop psychologically, physically and socially. Develop practical caring strategies for working with older people.
  • Care Skills 5N2770 – Understand the holistic care of a client over the full life span from birth to death, including areas such as disabilities, mental health, care of the older person and palliative care. Practical instruction in washing, feeding, mobilisation, toileting and grooming. End of life care is included as part of the holistic care.
  • Care Support 5N0758 – Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care.
  • Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734 – Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instruction in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning
  • Nutrition 5N2006 – Understand the importance of healthy eating and its benefits to good health. Identify components of a healthy diet for all age groups and devise a menu for each. Appreciate the role of food and its significance in the management of various conditions and diseases. Interpret the nutrition labels on a variety of food products in accordance with EU regulations. 
  • Palliative Care 5N3769 – Enable the learner to develop a holistic approach to caring for persons with a life-limiting illness and their families. Learn effective communication skills that promote a holistic environment. Understand the structure and organisation of palliative care services. Learn to meet the specific needs of a person with a life-limiting illness and respond sensitively to the practical and emotional needs of bereaved families.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

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
  • A fully equipped nursing/HCA room for all of their practical work
  • Safety and Health at Work workshop

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • CCOC: Advanced Healthcare (6M2263)
  • CIT: Social Care (CR031)
  • WIT: Applied Healthcare (WD188)
  • UCC : Social Science (CK102)

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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