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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to Health Professional staff for the care of clients. The role of a Health Services Assistant would involve direct client contact under supervision by a Health Professional.

Students are required to complete a minimum work requirement of 80 hours in a Health Care setting as part of their assessment.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Health
  • - VET in Schools
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however it is recommended students have completed year 10 or equivalent in literacy and numeracy skills achieved through formal study, life or industry experience.

There are mandatory clinical placement requirements which need to be met prior to undertaking a clinical placement. Refer to the Clinical Placement Guidelines for more details and requirements.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible employment options may include: acute care assistance, assistant in nursing, nursing assistant, nursing support worker, orderly, operating theatre technician, theatre support, patient service attendant, patient support assistant, patient care assistant, ward assistant, wards person, ward support.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

The training duration will depend on the electives and study mode selected as well as relevant academic and/or work history histories.

  • Distance

Distance Education

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAIN001 Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTAIN002 Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
Study Sequence

It is recommended that students study in the following sequence: 

  1. BSBWOR301
  2. HLTINF001
  3. HLTWHS001
  4. BSBMED301
  5. HLTAAP001
  6. CHCCCS002
  7. HLTAIN001
  8. HLTAIN002
  9. CHCCOM005
  10. CHCDIV002
  11. CHCCCS026
  12. CHCAGE005
  13. CHCCCS020
  14. CHCDIV001

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

There are three intakes per year for this course - February, June and November.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months

Fifteen units (15) must be successfully completed - seven (7) core and eight (8) electives.


Distance students require strong self-motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is delivered by distance education and is self-paced, so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills, and access to a computer and the internet. 

Students are required to attend a compulsory on-campus two day residential school workshop where students will be taught the practical elements which are compulsory before attending practical work placement. See More Details tab for further information.

Students may only attend the on-campus residential school workshop and practical placement after satisfactory completion of the following units: BSBWOR301, HLTINF001, HLTWHS001, BSBMED301, HLTAAP001, CHCCCS002, HLTAIN001, HLTAIN002 and CHCCOM005.

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services No
HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance No

Clinical Placement Requirements

Practical Placement is a compulsory part of this course, please refer to the Clinical Placement Guidelines for more details and requirements. Students are required to complete a minimum work requirement of 80 hours in a Health Care setting and additional work placement per unit of competency as part of their assessment. 
IMPORTANT: Changes to Mandatory Check Requirements 
  • In compliance with CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, there has been a number of changes for your mandatory check requirements. These changes take effect and are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards.   
  • Please click here for full details of your requirements or access these requirements via the Moodle site.    
  • Please see Mandatory Cut-Off dates for submission dates of your mandatory checks. You will not be eligible to proceed to placement if you fail to meet the deadline; there are no extensions or exceptions.
Depending upon the capacity of the health care providers/facilities in the student’s geographical area, students will be expected to travel to an alternative location in order to complete their prescribed clinical placement. Students will only be offered one placement per student, per course, per term. 
Any enquiries should be directed to the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Team via email to or call (07) 4930 9124.

Textbook Requirements

There are no current text book resources required, however students can purchase hard copy Aspire study guides if they wish to.