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  • HLT37215

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

At a glance

At a glance

Begin your career in health science with this entry-level course that will qualify you to become a pathology specimen collector.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Pathology Specimen Collector
  • Pathology Collector
  • Pathology Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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Course overview

Course overview

Start your career in health with this entry-level course. The health industry is growing with up to 25,000 job openings expected in pathology in the next five years. This qualification will ensure you have the hands-on skills needed to work in a pathology collection centre or as a visiting pathology specimen collector.

Depending on the location where you choose to study, this course may give you the foundation knowledge to perform venous and capillary blood collections, collect specimens other than blood, and collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing. Our highly-experienced industry professionals will guide you every step of the way to ensure your transition into the health sector is a success.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a pathology specimen collector.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTPAT001
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT002
Perform venous blood collections
HLTPAT004
Collect pathology specimens other than blood
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBCUS201
Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Greater Brisbane
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTPAT003
Perform capillary blood collections
MSL953001A
Receive and prepare samples for testing
HLTPAT006
Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
Gold Coast
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTCAR001
Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTPAT003
Perform capillary blood collections
HLTPAT005
Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

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.

Learn more about university pathways
  • 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

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must complete minimum of 35 hours of vocational placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland has the following selection criteria:

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent; and,
  • Students enrolled into the Pathology Collection Stream are required to undertake vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Varicella (chicken pox), pertussis (whooping cough) and MMR in order to participate in live bleed sessions and industry placements.
  • Skills in gathering and communicating information equivalent to Senior English will be required to successfully complete this Program.
  • Students must undergo a criminal history check as part of the selection criteria for this program.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

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, enclosed leather shoes, long corporate slacks and a long sleeved cotton shirt or plain black polo. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of the TAFE Queensland branded uniform items may incur additional costs of approximately $25.00.

You may also be required to cover any travel/accommodation costs associated with vocational placement or work experience.

Need to know

From 1st July 2016, a change to Queensland Health policy will now require students placed in Clinical areas of all Facilities to provide evidence they have been vaccinated for the vaccine preventable diseases of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and pertussis. This is in addition to the evidence provided for vaccinations against Hepatitis B .

Students will not be able to commence their Vocational Placement unless they have provided the required evidence as specified below:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Minimum two doses. Students must provide evidence of immunity (provide a serology/blood test result indicating immunity)  or evidence of a minimum of two documented doses (vaccinations) of MMR at least one month apart.
  • Hepatitis B: Minimum two doses. Students must provide evidence of immunity against Hep B (provide a serology/blood test result) indicating immunity or if students have not been previously been vaccinated for the full course (3 doses) provide evidence of a minimum of two doses of Hep B and in addition provide a serology/blood test report showing where their immunity levels sit after the minimum two doses.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Minimum one dose. Students must provide documented history of vaccination or evidence of immunity (serology/blood test report)
  • Pertussis: One dose. Students must provide documented history of one adult dose of dTpa within the past ten years (pathology reports are not acceptable evidence for pertussis)

This documentation must be supplied by week six (5) of the course.

Students will be completing live bleeds during week seven (6) of the course where students will be performing venipuncture on their fellow students or volunteers.

Students will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these entry requirements.

Failure to provide above evidence will result in cancellation of placement. Participation in placement is a mandatory component of the course. As with face to face learning you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your vocational placement shifts, non-participation will affect your overall course outcome.

More information will be provided to you at orientation of the course.

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