Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Aim

This course is aimed at learners who love the challenge of problem solving and helping people in practical ways in their daily occupation. The specialist programme will guide learners to work as an assistant in occupational therapy to support older, injured, ill or disabled patients manage everyday activities.


Course Modules

  • Care Support
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Communications
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work Experience
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • First Aid


5M3782 QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.



Progression To Degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:


DkIT/Sligo IT | Health Science and Physical Activity | Level 8

DkIT | General Nursing | Level 8

IT Carlow Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy | Level 8

Athlone IT | Sports Science with Exercise Physiology | Level 8

University of Ulster| Occupational Therapy | Level 8 (UCAS/HPAT Application)

TU Dublin | Sports Science & Health | Level 8


Career Opportunities

The course will allow successful candidates to seek employment in locations such as:

Occupational Therapist Assistant | Physiotherapy Assistant | Care Assistant in Nursing Homes or Hospitals | Activity Coordinator | Personal Assistant in Schools | Care Assistant in Disability Services | Homecare Assistant | Healthcare Assistant


Earn up to €32k as a Physiotherapy/ Occupational Therapist Assistant


Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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