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Surgical Operative Care Assistant

Course Description

Programme Aim
The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings  in particular  to enhance their role in service provision to service users or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care and Management of Flexible Endoscopes
  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Operating Department Care Skills
  • Sterilisation and High Level Disinfection
  • Endoscopy
  • Teamworking
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment. 

Career Opportunities

On completion of this Programme, learners may pursue roles within the Health, Family and Social Care sector which may include working as Health Care Support Workers, Carers, Youth Workers or in a broad range of roles in this industry in the public, community and private sectors.
Work placement / work experience may be a core feature/element of programmes in this field facilitating the enhancement of employability and transversal skills.


Course Fees

Registration fee is €150. Government Levy €200 - Exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance. Details of any other fees available on request from college office.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills (5M3782)


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