This Health Service Skills Certificate with an emphasis on Physiotherapy Assistant provides training for care assistants and physiotherapy assistants and equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students study human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, they become familiar with common medical conditions and the main clinical features of these conditions.
The Physiotherapy Assistant works with the Physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness or age. They use techniques to help with injuries and disorders of muscles and joints. The techniques include exercise, massage, and other treatments such as hydrotherapy, deep heat or ultrasound.
The Physiotherapy Assistant gains an understanding of the principles and practices of rehabilitation to assist in the care of the individual with a Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury or Limb absence. Through practice, the Physiotherapy Assistant becomes skilled in the therapeutic handling of patients in a range of physiotherapy interventions.
Physiotherapy Assistants learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. Human growth and development is explored so that they are able to relate to people at various levels of personal development.
QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)
QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Physiotherapy Assistant
This is a blended learning course which is a combination of distance learning home study and workhosps which are delivered in Dublin. See a schedule of workshops here.
Learners must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course and must secure this placement themselves.
If students do not wish to study the full award; you can now book onto the Theory and Practice modules separately.
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Growth and Development
Infection Prevention & Control
Physiotherapy Assistant Theory *
Physiotherapy Assistant Practice *
Occupational First Aid (additional fee)