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.
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.
DepartmentHealth and Community
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
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.