National code: HLT33115

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

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Overview About this course

Help to make a difference in the lives of others and aquire the skills and knowledge to support nurses in the care of patients with different needs. Provide personal care to a diverse range of people and learn how to respond to emergency health situations.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Take and record essential health markers such as temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and blood glucose

  • Record intake and output on fluid balance chart and/or food chart

  • Measure and record weight

  • Understand human body functions and medical terminology

Course Outcomes

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

  • The ability to write reports

  • Skills in implementing care plans

  • Confidence to use electronic medical records

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A National Police Check

  • A signed copy of NSW Health code of conduct form and any other forms as required

  • Successful competition of an occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases

  • Your health care worker/student vaccination record card

Entry recommendations

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

  • Adequate fitness levels and mobility to deliver First Aid and perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR while kneeling on the floor

  • Your sights set on a future career in nursing

  • A passion for helping others

  • The ability to work under pressure

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: Health service assistant , Personal care assistant, Hospital orderly , Nurses assistant and Patient support assistant

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 III in Health Services Assistance does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Related study 1 Course

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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 III in Health Services Assistance qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 7 core and 8 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.

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301

  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005

  • Recognise healthy body systems HLTAAP001

  • Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001

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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