Complementary Therapies (Physiotherapy Assistant) -  5M4468

This course is designed to equip students with a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work under supervision in the Complementary Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant industry. Students may progress to further education in this specialist area or in the health sciences. Students receive hands-on experience in treatments which encourage general health and well-being in an applied learning environment.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

Course Content

  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice 5N3770
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory 5N3771
  • Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Body Massage & Figure Analysis 5N3465
  • Reflexology 5N5371

  • Sports First Aid

  • Nutrition 5N2006

  • Anatomy & Physiology - ITEC

  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness - ITEC

  • Massage - ITEC

  • Reflexology - ITEC

Optional Add-On Courses

  • Hopi Ear Candling
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Advanced Massage Techniques
  • Hot Stone Therapy

Progression to Higher Education

SG Institute of Technology Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any IT Sligo programme through the CAO system.

St. Angelas College Sligo (NUIG)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

  • LY826 Health Science with Physiotherapy Studeis, Level 6 (5 Distinctions required)
  • LY836 Health Science with Occupantional Therapy Studies, Level 6 (5 Distinctions Required)
  • LY846 Health Science with Dietetics Studies, Level 6 (5 Distinctions Required)

ALIT Athlone Institute of Technology

LIT Limerick Institute of Technology

ITB Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

CWIT Institute of Technology, Carlow

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue employment in the following areas:

  • Leisure Centres
  • Health Spas
  • Hotels
  • Salons
  • Sports Clubs
  • Care Settings for various client groups


Student Services Registration Fee: €250

DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200

QQI Examination Fees: €50

Kits / Books: €450

TOTAL: €950

Optional ITEC Exam Fees are approx €220, based on attendance. Uniforms are approx €90 paid directly to supplier.

(One of the following exemptions may apply: (1) Medical Card Holders - €250 (2) BTEA - €200 (3) Grant - €200)


This is a full-time one year course and runs from September to May.

For more Information

Please phone 07191 45480 or email

Please Note

A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.






This course enables learners to complete their work experience in Tenerife

Course Pictures