National code: HLT37415

Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

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Overview About this course

Set yourself up to play an important role in the growing health and community services industry. Build essential skills to work in pathology labs, GP clinics and medical centres, as a pathology assistant, specimen reception staff member or biomedical laboratory assistant.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communicate and work effectively in health or community services

  • Work with diverse people

  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens

  • Participate in workplace health and safety

Course Outcomes

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

  • The skills and knowledge to work in pathology labs, medical centres and GP clinics

  • Foundations to move into a further study in laboratory technology and medical science

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:

  • An interest in community health

  • The ability to follow known routines and procedures

  • Good organisational skills

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: Pathology assistant , Specimen reception staff member and Biomedical laboratory 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 Pathology Assistance does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

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 III in Pathology Assistance qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 Units of competency, including 8 core and 6 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.

  • Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens HLTPAT006

  • Deliver a service to customers BSBCUS201

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301

  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005

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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