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Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Location: 
Industry
Delivery mode:
Blended, Face to Face, Online

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Develop the skills necessary for supporting the daily operations of a health practice, with a Certificate III in Health Administration at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with training to work in administrative roles in hospitals, community health centres and private practices.

Through classroom learning and a practical work placement, you’ll learn to perform a variety of duties including:

  • maintaining patient and financial records
  • managing information and resources
  • implementing infection control policies.

You’ll also become proficient in the use of basic medical terminology. You’ll develop a combination of communications skills and organisational skills, as well as an understanding of work health and safety processes. Our expert staff will ensure you graduate job-ready.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice in a nine day placement that gives you hands-on work experience. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.  Learning with us means you’ll get the practical training to be job-ready when you graduate.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in health administration

Health and medical administrators are a key part of a functioning and efficient healthcare system. This practical course at Victoria University Polytechnic will help you get your foot in the door to work in the health industry. With health administration training, you'll have the employment advantage.

You will have the communication, customer service and technical skills to perform a variety of administrative duties in a range of health service settings, including:

  • medical practices
  • hospitals
  • community health clinics.  

Example job titles include:

  • admissions clerk
  • medical receptionist
  • clinical coding clerk
  • administrative worker/assistant
  • ward clerk
  • patient coordinator.

Course structure

To be awarded HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, comprising of:

  • five (5) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, consisting of:

  • at least three (3) units from the Administration group identified in the HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration qualification, and;

  • up to five (5) units from the electives listed in the HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course. 

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of administrative workers in the health industry. These workers follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision. They combine communication, customer service and technical skills, and use discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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