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Duration: 
0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face
Online
Workplace

Applications due 30 November 2018

Overview

Develop a career caring for patients in hospitals with a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course provides an excellent foundation for work in support roles in the health industry. You’ll learn to work with patients under supervision of professional health staff.

You’ll learn to perform a range of tasks and duties, and gain knowledge of:

  • transporting patients
  • preparing and maintaining beds
  • following basic food safety practice
  • infection control and prevention
  • recognising healthy body systems
  • basic medical terminology
  • workplace health and safety.

This course includes a practical work placement in a health care environment to help you further develop your skills and gain direct industry experience. 

Award-winning learning model

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

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HLT33115 - Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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Students complete a practical work placement in a healthcare environment during the course.

Careers in health services

With this practical qualification, you’ll be ready to work in support roles in hospitals, community services and other health care settings. Job prospects are good, with employment for nursing support and personal care workers expected to grow strongly (JobOutlook).

You’ll be prepared to provide a range of assistance to professional staff for the care of patients or clients. You’ll have the communication skills and technical and procedural knowledge to work in areas such as:

  • health services
  • patient support
  • food services
  • patient transport.

Example job titles include:

  • orderly
  • nursing assistant
  • nursing support worker
  • operating theatre technician
  • patient service assistant (PSA)
  • ward assistant
  • patient support assistant
  • wards person
  • patient care assistant
  • ward support.

Course structure

To be awarded HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, consisting of:

  • at least six (6) units from the electives listed in the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance qualification;

  • up to two (2) units from any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

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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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.

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 (WWC). 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
• WWC 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 for this course

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.

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Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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