There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Existing workers - must have the following:
- a minimum of 3 years perioperative experience;
- be currently supporting anaesthetist as an Anaesthetic Technician / Nurse Practitioner;
- have the opportunity to be exposed to multiple anaesthetic specialities; and
- be supported by a suitable qualified workplace supervisor.
There are no selection criteria requirements for domestic students, however it is recommended that students have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:
- English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other. View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
- Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.
It is 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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
You may also be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these items may incur additional costs up to the value of $80.00.
You must have the required (or approved) Anaesthetic Technology and Practice shirt prior to attending Work Placement or you may be unable to participate.
Domestic and International students
The below placement requirements apply to both Domestic and International students:
If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You'll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.
Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete up to 360 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.
Vocational placement is conducted Monday – Friday between the hours of 6am and 9pm. There is 120 hours placement per semester, starting from semester 2 and continues in semesters 3 and 4. TAFE Queensland will negotiate with hospitals in your local area (where possible) to find a placement position for you.
Please note: due to the high number of students completing placements, you are required to be flexible and may have to travel outside your immediate area to attend placement. It is your responsibility to provide your own transport and be prepared to accommodate residential blocks at an approved regional facility, which may be outside of the Brisbane metro area, including regional Queensland. It is also understood that students may have preferences for specific hospitals and/or periods of times, however there is no guarantee this is possible and is determined by industry availability.
Prior to placement you will need to complete a Criminal History Check and apply for a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).
If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.
Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application. For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.
You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements, which may include travel and/or accommodation costs as well as an additional cost of approximately $45 for a Criminal History Check.
Non-industry applicants are required to meet the following specific vaccination criteria prior to being accepted for placement.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Minimum two doses. You 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: A full course required – three doses. These vaccinations take approximate 9 months. You must provide evidence of immunity against Hep B (provide a serology/blood test result) indicating immunity or if you 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 your immunity levels sit after the minimum two doses.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses. You must provide documented history of vaccination or evidence of immunity (serology/blood test report).
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough: One dose. You must provide documented history of one adult dose of
- Influenza vaccination is required as is seasonally available.
Need to know
For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider.
This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:
- Your vaccination status
- Last date of vaccination
- Evidence of vaccine status
This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.
Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.
If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.