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Pathology Collection

Certificate III Of

Code: HLT37215 Cricos: 097028G

Overview

Campus

Preston, Greensborough

Duration

6 months full time / part time

Duration

6 months full time / part time

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July, February, July, Midyear

Become an important player in the health sector

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.

An industry-connected course with hands-on learning

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.

Graduate lab-ready

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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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
  • Pathology Collector

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"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."

Course Details

How you learn

For compulsory work placement of 35 hours (one week), you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Provide a recent Hepatitis B protection serology report
  • Provide evidence of an influenza vaccination
  • 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.

    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

    Units of Study

    The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

    Units of Study
    Code Subject Elective Hours
    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
    HLTAAP001 Core 70
    CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
    HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
    BSBMED301 INTERPRET AND APPLY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPROPRIATELY Core 60

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$3100.00 - $8000.00
$9850 per semester
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, it is recommened to attend an information session so you may complete a short questionnaire and sit a literacy evaluation. Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) level.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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