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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute


 

Health Service Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant


Course Code:  5M3782 CI061CK
Award Code(s):  5M3782
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is suitable for students who are considering a career in occupational therapy (OT). The course will focus on developing an understanding of impaired mobility and its impact on human occupational performance and ability and the role of occupational therapy in current healthcare services.

Students will obtain work experience in general hospitals, homes for the elderly, disability schools/homes, rehabilitation centres and respite care centres for a two-week period. The practical aspect of the course will give students a good understanding of hospital life and the qualities and characteristics required for a successful career as an occupational therapist.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Anatomy and Physiology
Care Support
Communications
Infection Prevention and Control
Intellectual Disability Studies
Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
Rehabilitation Support
Understanding Mental Health
Word Processing
Work Experience
Patient Moving and Handling

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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