Would you like a career in the emergency services? This one-year full-time course offers you the ideal grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to embark on a career in this field. You will get the chance to begin an exciting and challenging career which will see you working in a caring environment. You will learn about the skills needed in the healthcare sector, you will also gain a good foundation if you wish to progress further in your studies. This course is ideally suited to those who are calm and work well under pressure and who would like to work in the Fire Service, Gardaí, Defence Forces or as a Paramedic.
|Award||QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support – 5M4339.|
|Format||Full-time. September 2023 to May 2024.|
|Location||Onsite at Mallow Campus.|
|Timetable||Hours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.|
|Requirements||No CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.|
|Starting||Classes start the week of Monday the 11th of September 2023.|
|Fees||€440 (SUSI/BTEA €390, Medical Card €390, VTOS €0).|
|Applications||Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.|
|Anatomy and Physiology||5N0749|
|Emergency Department Care Skills||5N4890|
|Human Growth and Development||5N1279|
|Infection Prevention and Control||5N3734|
|Nursing Theory and Practice||5N4325|
|Safety and Health at Work||5N1794|
CAO points not required. All applicants will be required to attend an application review to discuss the course suitability for the learner and to establish that all applications meet the minimum requirements:
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support 5M4339.
- QQI Minor Award in Mathematics, Level 5 – 5N1833 (optional, offered for learners who may not meet progression requirements to higher education).
- Additional Certification in: Patient Handling, Client Moving, First Aid Responder, Fire warden, hazardous substances, and Breathing Apparatus .
Work Placement / Experience
Work experience is an integral part of this course. Participants will be required to undertake a 60 hour duration work placement. The dates will be specified by the college in September.
Education Progression Opportunities
Use your QQI award to progress to BSc Paramedic Studies*, Public Health Sciences, General Nursing, Midwifery, Intellectual Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s and General Nursing. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow Campus qualification go to mallowcampus.ie/progressions.
Students from this course will gain a strong foundation in the paramedic sector who can then progress to several very specific training awards such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the National Ambulance Service and Ambulance Training.ie.This course can lead to careers in the public service for fire and ambulance personnel as well as employment opportunities with private ambulance and event support.
- Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €440
- Medical Card Holders: €390
- Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €390
- Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €390
- Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €0
- €50 Deposit (refundable) per year.
- Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.