Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Become an important player in the health sector. Our Certificate III in Pathology Collection will prepare you for a career as a Pathology Collector. Learn current practice for pathology collection, while building the communication skills you need to work effectively with the public.

Combine technical skills with communication

Technical competency and good communication are essential skills for pathology collectors. At Melbourne Polytechnic, we will equip you with these skills so you can find a rewarding career as a vital medical support worker. In this course, you will:

  • Master technical skills to collect and process blood and other specimen samples
  • Learn about the structure and function of body systems
  • Develop communication skills to work in culturally diverse settings
  • Gain an understanding of legal and ethical requirements

Learn hands-on with industry connected teachers

Our friendly and approachable teachers are currently working in the industry, so you can be sure you are learning the most up-to-date techniques and procedures.

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

Here’s what one student had to say about the Certificate III in Pathology Collection:

“I was very happy with the help and encouragement we received from all our teachers, especially when doing our ‘live bleeds’. Nothing was too much trouble. The facilities at Greensborough are great. We had a lovely group of students who all helped each other. I would recommend doing this course at Melbourne Polytechnic.” – Leigh, 2017 graduate.

Consolidate your skills with a work placement

You will complete 35 hours of practical placement at a pathology collection centre or hospital in Melbourne.


You will be assessed through work placement, questioning, practical demonstration, assignments, essays, role plays, and simulation.

Please note: The HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections unit requires you to perform at least 20 blood collections on a live person during class and on placement. In the classroom, this means that students take blood from another student and have blood taken from them. This course is only suitable for people who can meet these requirements.

Employment outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be qualified to work as a pathology collector in the private and public health sector, at medical centres, hospitals and pathology collection centres.

Many of our students find ongoing employment at the workplaces where they completed their placements.

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.

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Full-time: 6 months
Three days per week, plus 35 hours (one week) of placement (compulsory)
Class Schedule: *

Mon - 9am - 3.30pm
Tue - 9am - 3.30pm
Thu - 9am - 3.30pm
Tue - 9am - 3.30pm
Wed - 9am - 3.30pm
Fri - 9am - 3.30pm

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

Modes of Delivery

Simulated work environment, Work placements, Online, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Questioning, practical demonstration, assignments/essays, role plays, simulation and practical placement. Please note it is compulsory requirement of the course to undertake 35 hours of practical placement and to perform at least 20 ‘live bleeds’. The course is not suitable for people who cannot perform blood collection


Most materials workbooks are included in the enrolment enrolment fee. You will need to purchase a few textbooks for some classes, which are a requirement for professional practice. You will be advised of any additional texts at the commencement of the course. A list will be distributed at the commencement of the course. For Placement and all practical units you're expected to dress in professional pathology-collection clothes - black pants, white business shirt and black closed-in shoes

Entrance Requirements

  • you will be required to attend an information session, complete a short questionnaire and sit a literacy evaluation
  • you must also have good communication skills, enthusiasm for study and appropriate literacy levels for the job role
For work placement, you must be:
  • over 18 years of age
  • be able to provide a recent Hepatitis B protection serology report
  • have a clear Police check.* Industry will not accept students without a clear record. This requirement is not negotiable
  • to apply, please complete the Application form in detail and return it to Melbourne Polytechnic
*Please note, in Victoria this includes any offence that may have occurred up to 10 years ago and will show offences that state they are 'without conviction'. Hep B Serology and Police Check due Week 5 of course.

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course can enable you to go onto further study in pathology related areas, such as a laboratory assistant, or nursing paramedical studies and health sciences

Career Pathways

Successful completion of this course, means you may find employment as a pathology collector in the private and public health sector, including medical centres, hospitals and pathology collection centres

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.