Dungarvan College / Coláiste Dhún Garbhán is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Centre.
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Healthcare Support

Healthcare Support

Course Description

This programme offers learners an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge suitable for a healthcare setting with the necessary qualification required for all healthcare support staff. Learners complete work experience in a clinical/ward environment and are trained using simulation equipment to help them understand how to care for people. Successful learners could go on to work in many different healthcare settings including hospitals, nursing homes and register with agencies for home help services.

Programme Content

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of Older Person
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Nutrition
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Progression Opportunities

  • Social Science UCC - (reserved QQI places)
  • BA Health Sciences - SETU (reserved DC places)
  • BSc Applied Health - SETU (reserved DC places)
  • Health and Society - DCU

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  • Awarding Body: QQI
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award Code: 5M4339
  • Level: 5
  • Award Title: Healthcare Support

Additional Qualifications

First Aid, CPR, Patient and Manual Handling

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme may pursue careers in healthcare e.g. healthcare assistants, hospital porters or continue their studies as paramedics or in the pre-hospital emergency care field.


Every year a number of learners have the opportunity to travel to another European country for three weeks fully funded work experience. The students attend work in their vocational area.


College Registration Fee €200

For more information on the Healthcare Support course contact the course coordinator Sarah Cullinan at sarahcullinan@wwetb.ie

Youghal Rd, Cloneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 PV34
058 41184
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