Health Service Support with EMT

Award Title:  QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills

Programme Co-ordinator: Olive Keyes

Award Code: 5M3782

Programme Description:

Upon successful completion students will have the relevant qualifications to work in the healthcare sector as healthcare assistants/support staff in hospitals, nursing homes or in the community.  Our students are provided with the professional skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a career in the emergency services.

Component Awards:

  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749)
  • Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325)
  • Care Skills (5N2770)
  • Occupational First Aid (5N1207)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • A PASS grade in Biology is desirable.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Garda Clearance is required.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.


  • Progression on to further Paramedic training.
  • Opportunities to work in Care Assistant positions in hospitals, nursing homes and in various community care settings.
  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education.


  • Approximately €300 for textbooks and examination fees.
  • Ambulance skills training course, Occupational First Aid and Manual and Patient Handling €600.

Additional Courses:

  • Ambulance Skills Training course.
  • Occupational First Aid.
  • Manual and Patient Handling.