Courses

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

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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.

Assessment

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.

Contact

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

Local Students

Code

HLT37215

Campuses

GREENSBOROUGH, PRESTON, PRAHRAN

Department

Health and Community
03 9269 8400

Duration

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

Fees

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

Materials

Most workbooks are included in the enrolment fee

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 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
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, 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
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.