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  • HLT33115
  • 095191B

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

At a glance

At a glance

Start your career in the health industry with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work as an AIN, operating theatre technician, or acute care assistant.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Food Services Worker
  • Acute Care Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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Course overview

Course overview

Get a head start in the health care sector with this entry-level qualification. This course is perfect for people looking for the foundation skills needed to assist in a diverse range of health care settings. Health care workers are in high demand in Australia with forecasts expecting more than 50,000 job openings in the next five years. This qualification will give you the knowledge to work as an assistant in nursing (AIN), assist in acute care, or in operating theatres.

This course will give you the skills you need to comply with infection prevention and WHS, interpret and apply medical terminology, and recognise healthy body systems. You will also learn how to transport clients and carry out nursing assistant duties in a range of settings. Our highly experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support and one-on-one guidance you need to successfully transition into the health care sector.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an AIN, an acute care assistant, or operating theatre technician. It will also give you the foundation knowledge needed to undertake further studies in your field.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBMED301
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301
Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
M00VPC80
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCAGE001
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCCCS002
Assist with movement
CHCCCS010
Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCCS020
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026
Transport individuals
CHCMHS001
Work with people with mental health issues
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
CHCCCS011
Meet personal support needs

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

International Students

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with Sound Achievement in Mathematics. Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement. This is important so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 80 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification. Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.

You will need to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check) for placement. If you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

Before being allocated your placement, you must have:

  • A current Australian First Aid Certificate (may be included in your course, if not, an additional cost of approximately $140 may be incurred)
  • A current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
  • Evidence of commencement of Hepatitis B Vaccination or blood tests that demonstrate immunity.
  • Australian Federal Police Certificate - approximately $45.00
  • Blue Card (Working with Children check)

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You may also be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs of approximately $40.00.

You may also be required to cover travel and/or accommodation costs associated with placement.

Need to know

There is a high degree of physical requirement within this course (e.g. moving, showering and mobility assistance of clients).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland