HLT37215 - Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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Course Overview

Once you enroll in to HLT37215 - Certificate III in Pathology Collection you will learn to provide excellent client care, respond appropriately to clients in a healthcare environment and develop your communication skills. Students have up to 12 months to complete their studies. Beginning on our prosthetic training arms, we will guide, support and supervise you as you progress to taking blood and non-blood samples.

Flexible delivery with self paced learning available. Some units are undertaken via distance mode so you can do the work in your own time at your own pace. You will need access to a computer with internet connection to complete your qualification. The other units are delivered face-to-face with plenty of clinical practice.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • A written application form
  • Over 18 years old at the time of enrolment
  • Successful completion of LLN assessment
  • Identification Documents
  • A Photo ID
  • Students must be able to provide evidence of immunisation protection against Hepatitus B, in order to undertake practical work placement.
  • Police checks are required prior to commencing practical placement.

Why should I study this course?

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection gives graduates the skills and knowledge to work in all areas across pathology collection, for example private sector, hospitals and doctors clinics. The units address the areas of Customer Service, Pathology Collection Techniques, Phlebotomy (blood collection), Infection Control, Work Health and Safety, Medical Terminology, Visiting clients in their place of residence and Electrocardiography (ECG).

What is the Course Structure?

This course consists of 14 units of competence, 9 units of competence which are core and 5 units of competence which are elective. Students must successfully complete all units to gain their qualification.

Training delivery consists of formal structured training and assessment of the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired through the structure training over the duration of the training program.

Minimum 20 hours weekly study which comprises of 12 hours of classroom based study & 8 hours of home study.


Full time: 26 Weeks
Part Time: Up to 1 year


This course can be delivered in number of ways, please contact IETS to discuss your preferences.


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14 Units of Competency

Career Choices

  • Pathology Collector
  • Phlebotomist
  • Specimen collection officer
  • Pathology assistant
  • Laboratory aide
  • Specimen reception assistant
  • Operational officer

Course Pathways

On completion candidates may enrol and study higher qualification such as Diploma of Advanced Diploma qualifications.

The course includes 35 hours of mandatory practical placement in Industry, which IETS organise on our students behalf. This will be completed at the end of the course as students must have done at least 20 “successful” live bleeds before placement can be commenced. Placement may take between 1 - 3 months to coordinate with industry.

The start and finish times are determined by the partnership organisation and non-negotiable. Students cannot request an alternative location or timings.

What Units am I gaining knowledge in?

Core Units
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collection
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens

Assessment Method

Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills) and is undertaken through a combination which may consist of classroom observation, discussion, case studies, role plays & written assignments and the work placement.All assessments are to be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated by your trainer.

Funding Opportunities

Course fees can vary by state and are based on a number of different factors. Please refer to our Funded Courses pages for more information, or call us to discuss the most appropriate funding or payment option for you.

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