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Learn how to provide support to health professionals whilst providing direct care to patients including, showering, bathing, hair washing, shaving, mouth and denture care, pressure area and skin, eye and ear care. Learn about senior first aid, infection control, occupational health and safety, manual handling and medical terminology. Course details


Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

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Full time: 6 months, 6 months / 3 days per week

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  • International fee $6,200

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Melissa Davies

Let's celebrate the lifesavers

Studying showed me there is so much more to being a nurse than taking blood pressure. The teachers were an inspiration.
More about this course.

Melissa Davies
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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Cairns Full time / 3 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time Classroom

Entry requirements

International Student specific entry requirements:

English: For students whose first language is not English, the required minimum English language levels is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no individual score less than 5.5 or equivalent assessment.

Academic: The minimum requirements can be one of the following:

  • Certificate II or III – 10 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Certificate IV or Diploma – 12 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Mature –aged entry with work experience in a related field

Please send certified and translated copies of your English results and academic certificates to the International Student Unit together with your completed and signed application form.

Students will be required to have the capacity to provide assistance with moving a person in at least 6 situations in accordance to the training package requirements.

Applicants need to possess basic computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.

It is highly recommended that students 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.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Whilst attending TAFE you are required to wear a 'nurse' uniform comprising of TAFE uniform shirt, which included in the cost of the program, a black knee length skirt, shorts or long pants and enclosed shoes.

Resources included in the tuition fees are student one TAFE nurse shirt, orientation handbook and relevant learning materials such as study guides, assessment requirements, handouts and workbooks. Students have access to library resources, computers, the Internet and a personal email account at TAFE Queensland North.  Students may need to purchase stationery items such as paper, pens and a USB drive.


Full time over 19 weeks (17 weeks of full time delivery and 2 weeks of holidays)

Cairns campus: Online with face-to-face classes every Tuesday 9:30am - 4:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00pm & Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Townsville (Pimlico) campus: Online with face-to-face classes every Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm & Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm.

Delivery may include lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, online delivery and observations.  Some lessons will be delivered in the simulated hospital ward at TAFE Queensland North. You may be required to attend evening classes and/or weekend activities/functions. You must abide by industry and/or TAFE Queensland standards and may have to remove jewellery and/or body piercings before industry visits, or entering classrooms.

Assessment is competency based (practical) and continuous, and is considered an integral part of your learning and development. As appropriate, exams, assignments, projects, practical tests and student presentations are used. You must successfully complete all subjects to progress to the next course or obtain the qualification.



Delivery and training will take place in a training room and in the simulated hospital ward face to face.  You will spend an extensive amount of time in the simulated environment participating in practical scenarios.

Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland North must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory Vocational Placement without these documents.

Students must provide TAFE Queensland the following documents as soon as possible.  *Certified copy - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations:

  • Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the teacher should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)
  • Records showing Hepatitis B vaccination, commencement of vaccination or blood test results showing immunity (N.B. Vaccination will take a minimum of 3 months to complete in full). Other immunisations which may be required include (but not limited to): Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
  • Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or


  • TAFE Queensland North strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.
  • A Police Check is required prior to commencing Vocational Placement.  It is the student’s responsibility to undertake a National Police Check in order to obtain a National Police Certificate.  Please Note: If a student has a Disclosable Court Outcome registered against their name, it is unlikely we will  be able to access a Vocational Placement.  If this occurs the student cannot be awarded the qualification.
  • Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
  • A full list of Placement requirements will be discussed on Course Orientation
  • Students must be available for 2 week block of Vocational Placement (80 hours) within the dates specified by the teachers at Orientation.
  • In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to: attend full time placement, be prepared to travel to undertake placement, participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon and evening shifts (morning shifts may start 6am, evening shifts may finish at 11pm).
  • Students are responsible for organising their own transport to and from facilities, organising leave with employers (if applicable) and planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement period.

Important Information

Please note that manikins will be used for training purposes throughout this program.


Students need to successfully complete 15 units to gain the qualification; 7 core and 8 elective units.

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Elective
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
VPC080 Vocational placement Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT32512) (CRICOS Code 079148E) may be combined with the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) (HLT51607) (CRICOS Code 070236M).  The package price for two years is $23,000.



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

International Student Enrolment Fee: AU$175.00
International Student Orientation Fee: AU$300.00


HLT33115Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, the graduate will be eligible for 4 credits into the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing).

Employment opportunities include Assistant in Nursing (AIN), Nursing Support Worker, Patient Service Attendant, Orderly, Ward Assistant, and Theatre Support.

Job prospects

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Orderly
  • Personal Carers And Assistants
  • Wardsperson

Melissa Davies

Let's celebrate the lifesavers

Studying showed me there is so much more to being a nurse than taking blood pressure. The teachers were an inspiration.
More about this course.

Melissa Davies
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.


Compulsory Orientation: All students must participate in compulsory International orientation on the Friday before classes commence.
Orientation session: TAFE Queensland North Orientation Day Monday 30th January 2017.

AIN Orientation Days:

Wednesday 1st February 9.00am - 3.00pm
Thursday 2nd February 9.00am - 3.00pm
Friday 3rd February 9.00am - 12.00pm
TAFE Queensland North, Cairns Campus, J Block

Tuesday 31st January 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 2nd February 10.30am - 3.00pm
TAFE Queensland North, Pimlico Campus, F Block

Last updated on 23 February 2017

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