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Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Jobtrainer Code: HLT37215 CRICOS: 097028G

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Preston, Greensborough


6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

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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 HLT37215 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 HLT37215 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


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

Course Details

Delivery methods

This course is taught through blended learning (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough and Preston campuses.

  • Blended learning

Class Schedule

July intake is at Preston only.

Preston: Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs - 9am - 3.30pm
Greensborough: Tues, Weds, Thurs , Fri - 9am - 3.30pm

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.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers Core 40
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core 60
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence Elective 50
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core 30
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core 40
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Elective 70
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG) Elective 90
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core 25
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection Core 35
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections Core 100
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood Core 45
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens Elective 15
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core 20

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $650 $650 $3250 $5750
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $950 $875 $3550 $6050
Per year $
Per semester $9850

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Fees explained

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

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While you are enrolling you must complete an additional application form and give it to your enrolment officer.

These are:

  1. Understand that you are enrolling a course that prepares you to be a pathology collector and not a pathologist
  2. Be willing to wear sleeves that are above the elbow to comply with Infection Control procedures in both simulated and workplace environments. This requirement is not negotiable.
  3. Be willing to take blood from other students and have blood taken from you. This prepares and enables you to meet the requirements of the compulsory core unit HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections unit
  4. Be 18 years of age to collect blood
  5. The unit HLTAID003 Provide First Aid requires students to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor

Compulsory Work Placement

  • A clear Police Check This requirement is not negotiable *Please note, in Victoria this includes any offence that may has occurred up to 10 years ago and will show offences that state they are 'without conviction'.
  • A full COVID19 vaccination
  • A current influenza vaccination
  • A recent Hepatitis B protection serology report confirming you have undertaken a course of immunisation
  • Some placement partners may also require you to provide a negative COVID19 test prior to placement
  • Any other requirement as per updated Health advice

Language and Literacy
You will undertake a pre-training review and a literacy and numeracy assessment. Learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have:

  • a minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Working Level 3 Reading and Working Level 3 Numeracy
  • A good standard of digital literacy

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.

You must also complete an additional application form and give it to your enrolment officer.

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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