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

Course Description

This one-year course will prepare you for caring for people in Hospital Settings, Long Term Care Homes, Community Day Care Centres and for people in their own homes. The course is suited to both school leavers and mature students seeking to further their education. After completing the various modules and succeeding in your work experience placements, you will have developed the much sought-after skills required for caring for people within the community, as well as the necessary requirements to progress into Higher Education.


5M4339 QQI Level 5 Health Care Support

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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All courses now have a low course registration fee of €30. Make sure to confirm your place on a course by paying your registration fee.

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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