Pre Paramedic Studies


This course aims to give students the opportunity to gain employment with the HSE, private agencies or nursing homes in the Healthcare sector. It will also enable students to explore whether the pre-hospital care field is a suitable area for them, while gaining essential life skills in a structured programme.

Students may also progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme both in Ireland and the UK in Healthcare, Paramedic or Nursing.

Additional Certification:

  • First Aid Response
  • Cardiac First Response 
  • Patient & Manual Handling

Programme of Study: 

  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Care Skills
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • First Aid Response

Entry Requirements:

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities: 

On successful completion of the Health Service Skills course students may seek employment with the HSE, private agencies or nursing homes in the Healthcare sector. 

Course Coodinator: 

Keith McClearn,