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HLT37215

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Begin your career in health science with this entry-level course that will qualify you to become a pathology specimen collector.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Apprenticeships and traineeships
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$490
Subsidised
$660
Full Fee
$5,600
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Course overview

Start your career in health with this entry-level course. The health industry is growing with up to 25,000 job openings expected in pathology in the next five years. This qualification will ensure you have the hands-on skills needed to work in a pathology collection centre or as a visiting pathology specimen collector.

This course will give you the foundation knowledge to perform venous and capillary blood collections, collect specimens other than blood, and collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing. Our highly-experienced industry professionals will guide you every step of the way to ensure your transition into the health sector is a success.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a pathology specimen collector.

What can I do?

  • Pathology Collector

Course outcome:

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Highly-experienced teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake a minimum of 35 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBCUS201
    Deliver a service to customers
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBCUS201
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to deliver all aspects of customer service at an introductory level. It includes creating a relationship with customers, identifying their needs, delivering services or products and processing customer feedback.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Deliver a service to customers

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBMED301
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBMED301
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCOM005
    Communicate and work in health or community services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCOM005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Communicate and work in health or community services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF001
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTPAT001
    Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTPAT001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise client risk factors, identify emergency situations and provide emergency or first aid response to client reactions associated with pathology specimen collection.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTPAT002
    Perform venous blood collections
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTPAT002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to confirm collection requirements, prepare client and equipment, and perform routine blood collections using venous blood collection.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Perform venous blood collections

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTPAT004
    Collect pathology specimens other than blood
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTPAT004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to confirm collection requirements, prepare client and equipment and make routine pathology specimen collections.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Collect pathology specimens other than blood

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
22 weeks
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
04 Oct 2022
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
Southport
23 Jan 2023
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
Southport
17 Apr 2023
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
22 weeks
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
04 Oct 2022
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
Southport
23 Jan 2023
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
Southport
17 Apr 2023
7 months
Full time - online, workshops and Residential Schools
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $490
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,600
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Pathology Collection (HLT37215)

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Certificate III in Pathology Collection

COURSE CODE: HLT37215
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Selection criteria

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland has the following selection criteria:

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent; and
  • Skills in gathering and communicating information equivalent to Senior English will be required to successfully complete this program.
  • The minimum age for enrolment is 18 years, due to vocational placement.​
  • Physically fit to be able to stand for long periods of time
Resources required

It is recommended that you 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. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You may also be required to purchase a USB, uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items, enclosed leather shoes, long corporate slacks and a long sleeved cotton shirt or plain black polo. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of the TAFE Queensland branded uniform items may incur additional costs of approximately $25.00.

You may also be required to cover any travel/accommodation costs associated with vocational placement or work experience.

Placement

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.

Students are advised that they will need to evidence maintenance of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend the mandatory vocational placement assessment components of this course.
The vaccines received must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by the WHO-COVAX if vaccinated overseas. Please see the following link for the accepted vaccines.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
This course now requires you to obtain a NDIS Worker Screening Check to be eligible to attend the vocational placement assessment component of your studies.

You are to apply for this NDIS Worker Screening Check once enrolled as TAFE Queensland will need to verify your application as a student.

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, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland will organise 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 successfully complete a minimum of 35 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Please note: prior to placement you will need to complete the following:-

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 a positive criminal history check is returned it may delay progress and will lead to disclosure and follow up with industry to determine suitability for vocational placement. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Course Coordinator at your region 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.

From 1st July 2016, a change to Queensland Health policy will now require students placed in Clinical areas of all Facilities to provide evidence they have been vaccinated for the vaccine preventable diseases of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and pertussis. You will not be able to commence Vocational Placement unless you have provided the following evidence:

  • Full COVID-19 Vaccination – evidence of vaccinations of a type approved by Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia, or endorsed by the World Health Organisation
  • 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: Minimum two doses. 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): Minimum one dose. You must provide documented history of vaccination or evidence of immunity (serology/blood test report).
  • Pertussis: One dose. You must provide documented history of one adult dose of dTpa within the past ten years (pathology reports are not acceptable evidence for pertussis).
  • Influenza Vaccination: Annual vaccination.

You may be required to provide evidence of immunity and / or vaccinations depending on the requirements of the placement provider.

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting your placement requirements.

You may be required to complete live bleeds and perform venipuncture on fellow students or volunteers during the course.

Further information will be provided to you at orientation.

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 vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

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.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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