Physiotherapy Assistant

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in Dublin -Physiotherapy Assistant QQI Level 5 (5M3782)

This full time Level 5 Physiotherapy Assistants course is designed for graduates of the course to work with Chartered Physiotherapist in their day-to-day work. You will assist Physiotherapists to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability. Patients could range from very young children to older people, and could be inpatients from any department of a hospital or outpatients.

As a Physiotherapy Assistant, you will work to a therapy programme created by a physiotherapist and support the patients to improve their mobility.

Other main tasks may include:

  • talking to patients and preparing them for therapy
  • showing patients how to use mobility aids
  • demonstrating and working through exercises with patients
  • setting up equipment
  • keeping records of patients’ progress
  • providing reports to physiotherapists.

You will need to have an understanding and caring attitude to be able to encourage your patients to complete their treatment. You will need to be sensitive and tolerant and this course will involve some Saturdays.

Entry requirements

Leaving Certificate with minimum of 5 passes and an interview

Course Content

Care support, Work Experience, Infection and control, Physiotherapy Assistance Practice, Teamworking, Physiotherapy Assistance Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Massage, Occupational Therapy Assistant Therapy Theory

Note that modules may change from year to year to reflect the changing business environment.

Career Opportunities

This course will qualify students to apply for jobs as Physiotherapy Assistants. Students could work for the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Chartered Physiotherapists. Students may progress to other colleges to complete qualifications in Sports Science or Physiotherapy.

College Links

Students can use points gained at QQI Level 5 to progress to other third level institutions.


Year 1: €700* * includes €200 Govt. charge



Course Information

Course Information
  • Cost Year 1: €700* * includes €200 Govt. charge
  • Course Length 1 year
  • Start date September to May
  • Time Day time


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