Course Description

Pre – Occupational Therapy Studies/OT Assistant

Dunboyne College of Further Education

This course is aimed at students interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Students who undertake
this one-year course in Pre-Occupational Therapy studies will gain an understanding of the principles and practices of rehabilitation, treatment of injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Students will develop 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 gain an insight into the development and implementation of therapeutic programmes.
Students will gain the skills needed by the HSE to work in the healthcare sector, which will help them to understand therapy programmes and support clients in restoring or improving their mobility.

The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and may be subject to change:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Care Support
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Safety and Health at Work
• Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
• Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
• Nutrition
• Word Processing

• Level 5 Health Service Skills 5M3782
• Patient Handling

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Course Code 5M3782
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Health Care, Occupational First Aid
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Course Start Date 17th September 2024
Course End Date 23rd May 2025
Course Duration one year
Course Times Full time
Awarding Body QQI
Entry Requirements ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifications All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Career Path This course enables graduates to progress to a sports or science related Level 8 degrees and then to the Level 9 Occupational Therapy at University of Limerick. There are many progression options for students to study Occupational Therapy in the UK. Graduates may also apply for several other Level 7 and 8 degrees in universities and ITs or private colleges around the country. Mature students are eligible to apply to Occupational Therapy at Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and NUI Galway. Successful graduates can gain employment as Occupational Therapy Assistants in the HSE or private health service providers. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: Graduates can progress to related undergraduate degrees in Ireland (e.g. Sports Rehabilitation or Athletic Therapy) and then apply for Occupational Therapy Master programmes in universities such as UCD and UL or in the UK. SETU Carlow: SE901 Sport Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (Level 8, 4 Years) TUS Athlone: US956 Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy (Level 8, 4 Years) ATU Sligo: AU861 Health Science and Physiology (Level 7, 3 Years) ATU Sligo: AU971 Health Science and Physical Activity (Level 8, 4 Years) ATU Letterkenny: AU171 Health Science with Occupational Therapy Studies (Level 6, 2 Years). This programme allows students to progress to complete a BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy at Coventry University. Graduates from Occupational Therapy Studies are eligible to apply directly for various Occupational Therapy degree programmes in some UK universities. Mature students can apply for Occupational Therapy undergraduate degree programmes in Ireland or UK.
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01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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