National code: HLT47715

Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

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Overview About this course

Change peoples’ lives as a medical practice assistant and gain the unique mix of administrative and clinical skills sought after among general and specialist practices. Work directly with patients, assist nurses and move into advanced practice management or nursing study.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Perform electrocardiography

  • Take clinical measurements

  • Handle medical specimens

  • Set up clinical observations for registered nurses

  • Prepare medical accounts and manage front desks

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • First Aid certification

  • Experience in administration and clinical work in a real doctor’s surgery or specialist practice

  • Confidence to sensitively liaise with vulnerable and at-risk patients

  • Experience in tending to the comfort of patients who are sick and in pain

  • Skills to use medical terminology and discuss medical themes with registered nurses and doctors

  • Confidence to accurately answer patient questions and discuss medical conditions with patients

  • Exposure to monitoring and updating comprehensive patient accounts

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The ability to precisely follow verbal and written instructions

  • Foundational skills deciphering and understanding medical terminology

  • An interest in community health and wellbeing

  • Excellent customer and workplace communication

  • An awareness of and respect for consumer confidentiality

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Medical practice assistant, Medical secretary and Medical receptionist

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 19 core and 4 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Support health professional in the delivery of care HLTHPS002

  • Maintain medication stocks HLTHPS003

  • Perform electrocardiography (ECG) HLTCAR001

  • Handle medical specimens HLTHPS005

  • ... 5

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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