The BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Health Sciences Common Entry Route. This honours degree course allows the student to develop as a selfaware, reflective graduate who is a confident practitioner and able to integrate and use their knowledge, skills and attitudes in a variety of health care situations and contexts by applying the best available evidence for their practice.
The modules included address areas of knowledge and skills that will prepare the graduate for a career in range of health care areas. Key areas of study include mental health and recovery, health promotion, ethical and legal issues, disability and palliative care. Students will complete a relevant work placement as part of the course, which allows you to put theory into practice. Prior to going on placement, students will be required to have satisfactory Garda Vetting/Police Clearance, Mandatory Training (CPR, Manual Handling) and Occupational Health. This will be coordinated by SETU Waterford staff.
Health care delivery is changing and there are now emerging roles in the multi-professional delivery of health care. Therefore the module ‘Technician Roles in Applied Health Care’ will support the student to explore these emerging roles and how they may interact with these in their careers.
There are evidence based practice modules in both semester 1 and semester 2. Inclusion of evidence based practice and research in this programme enables the student to develop critical thinking and analytical skills so as to be able to critically examine the evidence base in the area of applied health care.
The student will also study management and leadership in health care and through this module they will explore both the theoretical aspects of management and leadership but also will focus on how this knowledge can be utilised in health care practice. The management and leadership modules will enable them in become involved in both management of their own workload, but also to become involved in supervision of others.
Understand the importance of research based evidence for health care practice, research paradigms and the research process
Analyse the roles and responsibilities of the applied health care technical role including operating department practitioner (ODP), pharmaceutical technician (PT), Electrocardiogram (ECG) technician and Respiratory and Cardiac Technician
Examine and explore current philosophical, legal and ethical issues
Analyse the concepts of leadership and management theories and their application to healthcare practice
Develop the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to safely and appropriately apply health promotion theory to applied healthcare practice
Analyse current challenges and barriers encountered by a person with a disability and examine the role of health care professionals as advocates for the people in their care
Develop the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding of recovery in the context of mental health so as to best promote recovery in partnership with service users
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Learning to Learn||Lifeskills for Health & Wellbeing|
|Care of the Older Adult 1||Fundamentals of Care 1|
|Psychology for Health Care||Medical Surgery Care 1|
|Anatomy & Physiology 1||Anatomy & Physiology 2|
|Introduction to Healthcare Informatics||Placement 1|
|Principles of Health Promotion|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Fundamentals of Care 2||**Professional Development & Community**|
|Pharmacology for Health Care 1||Medical Surgical Care 3|
|Medical Surgical 2||Introduction to Mental Health Care|
|Placement 2||Activity Co-ordination for Older Adult*|
|Nutrition for Health*|
|Pharmacology for Health Care 2 *|
|* = Elective|
|**Please note that it may not be possible to undertake an elective module because of timetabling or other constraints.**|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Introduction to Evidence Based Health Care||Management of Care|
|Introduction to Intellectual Disability Care||Management of Care Placement|
|Introduction to Technical roles in Applied Health Care||Connected Health|
|Applying Psychology & Sociology to Health Care*||Maternal & Newborn Health*|
|Medical Surgical Care 4*||Health & Wellbeing*|
|* = Elective||* = Elective|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Evidence Based Applied Health Care 1||Evidence Based Applied Health Care 2|
|Managing and Leading in Health Care||Utilising Health Promotion in Applied Health Care|
|Ethical and Legal Issues in Applied Health Care||Disabilities and Advocacy|
|Technical Roles in Applied Health Care||Promoting Recovery in Mental Health Care|
|Palliative Care for Health Carers|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The entry route for this programme is from WD005 BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD005 AHC (Applied Health Care) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD005 GEN.
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
Students who complete other health sciences courses at SETU Waterford, or another third level institution, at ordinary degree level or equivalent, may apply to transfer onto this course at the third year stage. Students who complete level 6 higher certificate programmes may apply for entry into this course at the second year stage.
Graduates may gain employment in the following areas:
Managing and coordinating General Practices.
Sales representatives in the pharmaceutical industry
Delivery of health care in the emerging tele-health industry
Technical roles in applied healthcare
Applied health care provision in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, community care settings, nursing homes
Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care have the opportunity to progress to Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland to undertake MSc programs in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. Graduates may also progress to Columbus Technical College and pursue further education in the field of nursing and continue further studies to become a US registered nurse.
Successfully completing all aspects of this Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care will allow the student to access post-graduate MSc programmess such as nursing.
Further opportunities for postgraduate research are also available.