Further Education
2023-2024

Further Education 2023-2024

Occupational Therapy Assistant 5M3782

Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession offering support to people with physical, psychological and social problems to enable them to live life to the fullest. Occupational therapists help people to do the everyday activities they want and need to do when faced with illness, injury, disability or challenging life circumstances or events.

This course is designed to:

Provide an introduction to students Occupational Therapy. OT's use the term occupation to describe all the things we do to take care of ourselves and others; to socialise and have fun; to work and learn; and to participate and contribute to our community and society. Our occupations are the activities that fill up our days and that give meaning and a sense of purpose to our daily lives. Occupational therapists understand how important these everyday activities are to all of us and are experts in enabling you to live life to the fullest despite challenges or limitations. In the case of children the focus will be on enabling participation in childhood occupations such as play and school and supporting development and emerging independence skills. Occupational therapists understand how illness, injury, disability or challenging life circumstances and events can affect people's ability to do the everyday things that are important for them and know how to support them to reach their maximum level of independence and autonomy. Occupational Therapists are experts at assessing how different health conditions can affect people's abilities and helping them to overcome or work around the difficulties that are affecting their daily occupations and roles. Occupational Therapy focuses on people's strengths and therapy is always guided by the client's preferences (or those of their family in the case of children). Occupational Therapy is client-centred and helps people to live their lives in a way that is meaningful and satisfying for them by tailoring a programme that responds to their unique identity, situation and needs.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome.

Course Content
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice

  • Activities of Living Patient Care

  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

  • Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme. This course is linked to the majority of Nursing Colleges in Ireland. The number of places available are restricted. Check with the Admissions office of individual institutions for further details.

  • This course is considered for entry to Nursing Colleges in the U.K. Several of these colleges visit GTI each year to give talks on progression to UK degree courses in Nursing and Midwifery.

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway

*University of Galway

  • GY515 General Nursing Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • GY516 Psychiatric Nursing Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • GY517 Midwifery Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Mature students are eligible to apply to

Occupational Therapy at NUI Galway Trinity College Dublin University College Cork Nursing and Social Care through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy; Physiology and Health Science and all branches of Nursing and Midwifery.

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.

Career Opportunities

As an assistant in occupational therapy you can work in a variety of settings with people who:

  • are physically disabled
  • are recovering from an illness or operation
  • have learning disabilities
  • have mental health problems
Fees
  • Student Services Fee €175
  • QQI Certification Fee: €50
  • Sundries (Books, Uniforms etc) €100

Total €325

Duration

This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult and Part-Time Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

Please Note

At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement. GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

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