Start your career as a non-emergency patient transport officer working with low-risk patients in a growing industry.
During this course you will learn how to provide non-emergency transport and care for patients who have non-acute or chronic illness or disability. You will gain the skills to provide appropriate patient assessment as well as follow procedures for safe removal of a patient for pre-arranged or booked transport service.
Learning from our expert staff through our award-winning blended learning model, you will gain knowledge and skills in:
- communicating in a health or community services environment
- recognising healthy body systems
- procedures for routine safe removal of a patient
- transporting non-emergency patients
- infection prevention and control procedures
- working with diverse people and safe work practices for client care
Upon completion of this course you will have the confidence and skills to seek employment in the health industry or continue onto further study.
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. You will have hands-on training in simulation labs to help you to become work-ready.
You will practice your new skills in a safe environment in our state-of-the-art facilities. They include:
- clinical practice rooms
- self-directed learning laboratories (SDL)
- life-like mannequin technology.
As a leading health and fitness university, VU’s St Albans campus also features high quality fitness centre.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.
Careers in health
The health sector is a growing industry where qualified professionals are in high-demand. Possible career opportunities upon completion of the Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport include:
- Non-emergency patient transport officer.
You will also be able to go onto further study with the potential to pathway into the Diploma of Paramedical Science.
To be awarded the HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, comprising of:
- eight (8) core units, and;
- five (5) elective units, of which:
- three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport qualification, and;
- two (2) units may be selected from the electives listed in the HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course.
All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Units in Transition:
The following unit/s will not be offered to prospective students in 2020. These units will only be available for current/continuing students from this time.
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of workers such as non-emergency patient transport officers who provide non-emergency transport and care for patients who have non-acute or chronic illness or disability and require transport. Workers in this role provide appropriate patient assessment, follow procedures for safe removal of a patient for transport for pre-arranged or booked transport service and the time of response is not given high priority in comparison to emergency transport.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
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.
- A current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
- A satisfactory Police Record check (valid within 6 months of course commencement)
- Evidence of Immunisations
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.