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  • HLT37215

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

At a glance

At a glance

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

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Pathology Specimen Collector
  • Pathology Collector
  • Pathology Assistant
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HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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Course overview

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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTPAT001
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT002
Perform venous blood collections
HLTPAT004
Collect pathology specimens other than blood
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBCUS201
Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Greater Brisbane
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTPAT003
Perform capillary blood collections
MSL953001A
Receive and prepare samples for testing
HLTPAT006
Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
Gold Coast
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTCAR001
Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTAAP001
Recognise healthy body systems
HLTPAT003
Perform capillary blood collections
HLTPAT005
Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 35 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland has the following selection criteria:

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent; and,
  • Proof of successful vaccination against Hepatitis B must be provided by the student as part of the vocational placement requirements; and,
  • Skills in gathering and communicating information equivalent to Senior English will be required to successfully complete this Program.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

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

Need to know

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. This is in addition to the evidence provided for vaccinations against Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis.

Students will not be able to commence their Vocational Placement unless they have provided the required evidence as specified below:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Minimum two doses
  • Hepatitis B: Minimum two doses
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Minimum one dose
  • Pertussis: One dose

This documentation must be supplied by week six (6) of the course.

Students will be completing live bleeds during week seven (7) of the course where students will be performing venepuncture on their fellow students.

Students will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these entry requirements.

More information to be discussed at Orientation.

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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland