Course Outline:

This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges and opportunities of working in emergency services. Participants will be introduced to careers such as paramedic, fire officer and emergency medical technician and be prepared for further study in this area.

Course Content:

  • Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Emergency Department Care Skills 5N4890
  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
  • Word Processing 5N1358

Course Duration

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

Entry Requirements

A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent is required, although exceptions are given to mature students who are over 23 years of age. Entry is subject to interview.


There are no fees to study this course.

Careers and Progression:

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to third level institutes and colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Graduates may also apply to HSE-Student Paramedic – National Ambulance Training College (subject to HSE eligibility criteria.) There is also the potential to progress to paramedic degree courses in the UK and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in Ireland.

Detailed Course Outline:

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749

The anatomy and physiology module equips students with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems

Safety and Health at Work 5N1794

The aim of this module is to provide students with the competence and knowledge to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

Emergency Department Care Skills 5N4890

Students learn all the necessary skills and competencies to be able to assist a nursing team in meeting the many needs of patients within an emergency department.

Care of the Older Person 5N2706

This course equips students with the skills and knowledge to deal with the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Work Experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course. Students must obtain work experience placement themselves..

Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734

This course teaches students the importance of infection prevention and control in the healthcare area and in providing a healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors.


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