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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
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.

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
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. CHCCOM005 
  3. HLTINF001 
  4. HLTWHS001
  5. BSBMED301    
  6. HLTAAP001   
  7. CHCDIV002       
  8. CHCCCS002
  9. CHCCCS026
  10. HLTAIN002    
  11. HLTAIN001
  12. CHCAGE005
  13. CHCCCS020  
  14. CHCDIV001
  15. HLTAID003

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 self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 13 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.

Students are required to attend compulsory residential school workshops where students will be taught the practical elements which are compulsory before attending practical work placement. See More Details tab for further information.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services No

Residential School Information

Students studying this course will need to attend a compulsory two day residential school workshop, to learn the practical elements that are required prior to attending a practical work placement. 

Term 2 2017
Residential Schools will be held at the locations listed below on Tuesday, 28 and Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day.

CQUniversity, Bundaberg at Building 3 
CQUniversity, Cairns at Building 1
CQUniversity, Townsville, at Building 2
CQUniversity, Rockhampton North, at Building 18
CQUniversity,  Noosa, at Building A

*Please note that dates and locations are subject to change. 

Practical Placement Information

Students are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours in an acute care setting.

Textbook Requirements

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