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Begin your Occupational Therapy Career Journey at Monaghan Institute

Is This Course Right for You?

If you wish to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy, completing the QQI Level 5 Occupational Therapy Assistant course at Monaghan Institute will be the steppingstone which will enable you to consolidate your decision to either progress to a degree programme or to seek employment. The course also welcomes those who are already, either qualified as a healthcare assistant or employed in a caring role and might wish to consider upskilling for a change of career.

What Will you Study?

The course focuses on developing your understanding of the role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our aim is to facilitate you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist the Occupational Therapist in the implementation of therapeutic programmes with a variety of age groups.

The types of patients OTs treat may include people with autism, people with injuries resultant from surgery or accident, people who have had a stroke, and older adults with dementia. You will study a range of modules, both Health Care and Occupational Therapy related, and an integral part of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in Work Experience in the field of Occupational Therapy. You will have a one/two-day work experience allocation each week, with an additional block placement of three weeks. This will allow you to see the theory learned in the classroom put into practice in the Occupational Therapy setting.

On completion of the course, you will not only have acquired the skills and knowledge, but also the Work Experience, necessary to assist you in progression to further study or to employment.

Monaghan Institute are hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday 30th August from 4 – 7pm and our tutors and guidance staff will be present to offer you best advice and support. If you require further information about the OT course, please email