Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Our Certificate III in Pathology Collection reflects the role of pathology collectors. This nationally accredited course strengthens your skills and knowledge in known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for work under general supervision. Combine your communication, customer service and technical skills to excel in Pathology Collection


Enhance your skills and knowledge

Pathology is an important component of the health industry and Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Pathology Collection offers advanced skills to further your employment prospects in this vital medical support sector.

You will increase your knowledge of the structure and function of body systems; learn about working within culturally diverse settings, legal and ethical requirements, and specialised blood and non-blood collections.

You will benefit from our purpose-built classroom that simulates an industry-based pathology collection centre.

Our teaching staff are qualified practitioners with extensive experience in the health sector, ensuring you receive training in current industry skills and knowledge.

Industry connections and resources

As Melbourne Polytechnic has long established relationships with industry leaders, you will be provided assistance to secure work placement with major pathology collection centres around Melbourne and those within major hospitals Melbourne Polytechnic’s relationships with industry leaders such as key pathology collection centres around Melbourne and those within major hospitals.

Employment outcomes

You will be qualified to work as a senior pathology collector in the private and public health sector, such as medical centres, hospitals and pathology collection centres.


Variety of assessment methods, including practical demonstration, written tests, assignments and essays, oral presentations, role-playing and practical placement.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information on the Certificate III in Pathology, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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Health and Community
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 6 months

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Work placements, Classroom


Find out more on fees and charges

Entrance Requirements

Before enrolling you will need to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment and attend an interview. For assessment and interview times, you can contact the Health and Community Department directly. It is expected that you will be proficient in the English language with a minimum IELTS Band Score of 6.0 if English is your second language. We also recommend successful applicants seek medical advice regarding immunisation against blood-borne disease before commencement of course.

Assessment Methods

Questioning, practical demonstration, written tests, assignments/essays, oral presentations role plays and practical placement


Most workbooks are included in the enrolment fee

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course can enable you to go onto further study in pathology, or may assist with articulation into nursing and paramedical studies

Career Pathways

Employment in pathology, pathology collection and other pathology related enterprises. Graduates may gain employment as a pathology collector in the private and public health sector, such as medical centres and hospitals and pathology collection centres

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers 40
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence 50
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems 70
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG) 90
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection 35
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections 100
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood 45
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens 15

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.