6 months full time / part time
6 months full time / part time
February, July, February, July, Midyear
Pathology collectors are essential to the healthcare system, collecting blood and other specimen samples from patients for laboratory analysis. Qualified pathologists with strong communication, active listening skills and confidence with technology are in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Pathology Collection will teach you to confidently explain procedures to patients and work with specialised equipment in the healthcare system. Pathology collectors can expect stable employment prospects with low unemployment rates as part of a rewarding career providing first line care and support for patients.
At Melbourne Polytechnic, we will equip you with the technical competency and communication skills required to find a rewarding career as a vital medical support worker. 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 and gain an understanding of legal and ethical requirements. Melbourne Polytechnic students learn in a hands-on environment, training in our purpose-built classroom that simulates an industry-based pathology collection centre. You’ll be supported by teachers currently working in the industry, who will teach you best practice and industry secrets. You will also complete 35 hours of practical placement at a pathology collection centre or hospital in Melbourne and perform blood collections on patients and other students.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Pathology Collection will qualify you 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. At Melbourne Polytechnic, we’ll ensure the day you graduate, you’re ready to step into a lab with confidence.
"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."
For compulsory work placement of 35 hours (one week), you must:
*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.
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
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCCCS027||VISIT CLIENT RESIDENCE||Core||50|
|BSBCUS201||DELIVER A SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS||Core||40|
|CHCCOM005||COMMUNICATE AND WORK IN HEALTH OR COMMUNITY SERVICES||Core||30|
|HLTPAT002||PERFORM VENOUS BLOOD COLLECTIONS||Core||100|
|HLTPAT004||COLLECT PATHOLOGY SPECIMENS OTHER THAN BLOOD||Core||45|
|HLTPAT001||IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CLINICAL RISKS IN PATHOLOGY COLLECTION||Core||35|
|HLTINF001||COMPLY WITH INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES||Core||25|
|HLTCAR001||PERFORM ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (ECG)||Core||90|
|HLTWHS001||PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY||Core||20|
|HLTPAT006||RECEIVE, PREPARE AND DISPATCH PATHOLOGY SPECIMENS||Core||15|
|CHCDIV001||WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE||Core||40|
|HLTAID003||PROVIDE FIRST AID||Core||18|
|BSBMED301||INTERPRET AND APPLY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPROPRIATELY||Core||60|
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