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.
You will be qualified to work as a pathology collector in the private and public health sector, such as medical centres, hospitals and pathology collection centres.
Questioning, practical demonstration, assignments/essays, role plays, simulation and practical placement. Please note it is a compulsory requirement of the course to undertake 35 hours of practical placement and to perform at least 20 ‘live bleeds’ (undertaken during class and on placement). The course will not be suitable for people who cannot perform blood collection.
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.
DepartmentHealth and Community
four (4) days per week, plus 35 hours (one week) of placement (compulsory)
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 DeliverySimulated work environment, Work placements, Online, Classroom
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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsQuestioning, 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
MaterialsMost 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
- 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
- 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
Pathways to further studySuccessful 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 PathwaysSuccessful 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
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.
|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|
|HLTAID003||PROVIDE FIRST AID||18|
|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|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.