Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

GP Practice Assistant 5M4349

This course provides the skills and knowledge required for a new role identified by the HSE to support GPs to expand their practices. It is a “hybrid” role with both assistant to the Practice Nurse and medical office administration functions. GP Assistants may carry out certain basic tasks such as taking temperatures, pulse, weight and promoting positive mental/physical/nutritional health with patients etc. Sterilising equipment, restocking consultation rooms, covering administrative duties, communicating with patients, relatives and carers all form part of the role.

This Course is designed to:

This course is aimed at students interested in pursuing a career in medical & clinical administration Students who undertake this one-year course will gain knowledge and expertise in areas central to working in a GP Practice. The programme is designed to ensure that students gain the knowledge, skills and values to meet the demands and challenges of working within the healthcare profession.

Course Content

Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325

Human Growth and Development 5N1279

Care Skills 5N2770

Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749

Customer Service 5N0972

Work Experience 5N1356

Word Processing 5N1358

Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977

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

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome.

  • 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.

How the Course is Taught

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

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice

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

  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)

  • Vital learning supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners

  • Career guidance assistance re UCAS, CAO and specialised guidance and training for Mature Code Applicants eg. NCC written assessment and NCC interview preparation.


QQI Level 5 Award in Nursing Studies (5M4349)

  • FAR ( First Aid Responder) with GTI part-time education
  • Patient Moving & Handling by PHECC registered provider

may be taken as additional certification and will incur additional costs. Check with class teacher for details.

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.

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.

Student Contribution


Please note some additional fees may apply for additional certification [TBC]


This is a one-year full-time programme of study which includes a work placement commencing in September and concluding in May.

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Please Note
  • 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.