Healthcare Assistant

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Course Content

H e a lt h C a r e A s s i s ta n t
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Care Support
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Additional Certifications

  • Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Infection Prevention Control
  • First Aid Responder
  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Hand Hygiene and Infection Control

Course Description

This one-year course will prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, long-term care home, community development, residential care setting, or respite care and nursing homes. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking to further their education. The completion of work placement as part of the program, will equip students with practical hands-on experience.


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Care Assistant in Nursing Homes or Hospitals | Activity Coordinator | Personal Assistant in Schools | Care Assistant in Disability Services | Homecare Assistant |


76% of graduates secured employment

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:

WIT | Applied Health Care | Level 7
DCU/TCD /DKIT/UCD | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU/TCD/UCD | Mental Health Nursing | Level 8
DCU | Intellectual Disability Nursing | Level 8
UCD/TCD/DKIT | Midwifery | Level 8
DKIT | Mental Health Nursing | Level 8

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

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The course was a life changing experience that I will never forget. All the teachers were extremely supportive and helpful in all aspects of the course. The training I received during my work experience made me feel confident and prepared to be the best HCA I can be. I graduated with distinctions in all the modules and received student of the year award. I owe it all to the thorough and intense training from the well-educated and patient teachers. At present, I am working in a Nursing home and I love my job as it is a very rewarding career. I highly recommend this course.

Eranda Langeveldt Health Care Support Graduate, 2018

I chose healthcare support as I’ve always had a passion for caring for people. I knew I wanted to work in healthcare and this course was perfect for me. My work placement was the most enjoyable part of the year, going into the field of healthcare while learning is such an experience. I hope to do a level 8 in midwifery in DKIT next year! This PLC course has helped me understand how college assignments and exams need to be done. This course has also given me an insight to what working in healthcare will involve.

Katie Rooney Health Care Support Graduate, 2021