BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Applied Health Care

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        288 - 462
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care course?

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.

Unique Features

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 WIT 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.

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care will enable the student to:

  • 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

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Learning to LearnLifeskills for Health & Wellbeing
Care of the Older Adult 1Fundamentals of Care 1
Psychology for Health CareMedical Surgery Care 1
Anatomy & Physiology 1Anatomy & Physiology 2
Introduction to Healthcare InformaticsPlacement 1
Principles of Health Promotion
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Fundamentals of Care 2**Professional Development & Community**
Pharmacology for Health Care 1Medical Surgical Care 3
Medical Surgical 2 Introduction to Mental Health Care
Placement 2Activity Co-ordination for Older Adult*
Nutrition for Health*
Pharmacology for Health Care 2 *
*Placement 3
* = Elective
**Please note that it may not be possible to undertake an elective module because of timetabling or other constraints.**
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Introduction to Evidence Based Health CareManagement of Care
Introduction to Intellectual Disability CareManagement of Care Placement
Placement 4Connected Health
Applying Psychology & Sociology to Health Care*Maternal & Newborn Health*
Medical Surgical Care 4*Health & Wellbeing*
* = Elective * = Elective
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Evidence Based Applied Health Care 1 Evidence Based Applied Health Care 2
Managing and Leading in Health CareUtilising Health Promotion in Applied Health Care
Ethical and Legal Issues in Applied Health CareDisabilities and Advocacy
Technical Roles in Applied Health CarePromoting Recovery in Mental Health Care
Palliative Care for Health Carers

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care on the CAO:

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.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care:

Students who complete other health sciences courses at WIT, 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.

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care graduates:

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

  • Health research

  • Health promotion

  • Technical roles in applied healthcare

  • Applied health care provision in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, community care settings, nursing homes

Follow on Studies BSc (Hons) in Applied Health Care graduates:

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.

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Course Leader

  • Dr. Louise Bennett

    PhD, MSc, PG Dip in Ed., P/G Dip in Perioperative Nursing, Cert in Nurse-Midwife Prescribing, RGN, RNT. - Course Leader/Lecturer

    Email: [email protected]

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