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If you are passionate about the healthcare of our community and want to play a key role in supporting front-line healthcare workers, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work Acute Care) could lead you to a rewarding career.

You will learn to interpret and apply medical terminology, work with diverse people, recognise healthy body systems, comply with infection prevention and control policies, as well as the fundamentals of workplace health and safety.

TAFE NSW teachers will equip you with the knowledge you will need to provide support and assistance to health professionals and the patients in their care.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Interpret and apply medical terminology
  • Work with diverse people
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Taking and recording basic vital signs and tests
  • Recording intake and output on fluid balance chart and/or food chart
  • Measuring and recording weight
  • Collecting urine, sputum or faecal specimen
  • Recognising changes in consciousness


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • An interest in helping others
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Strong communication skills


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Health Service Assistant
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Support Assistant


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Package Entry Requirement:The entry requirement for a package with Diploma of Nursing is:
  • Academic IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 across all bands or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you

Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be experienced in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued education and assessment in the workplace. 

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 80 hours of work placement in acute care.

TAFE NSW will secure a placement for you and assist with coordinating the workplace learning and other workplace activities you will undertake. This is in line with TAFE NSW policy.

To undertake a work placement within the industry, you will need to meet other requirements. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • An interest in helping people
  • The ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Castle Hill Feb , Jul A$10,500
Kingswood Feb , Apr , Jul , Oct A$10,500
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Jul A$10,500
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$10,500
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Castle Hill Feb , Jul A$10,500
Kingswood Feb , Jul A$10,500
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$10,500
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$10,500


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • Total number of units = 15
  • 7 core units
  • 8 elective units, consisting of at least 6 units from the electives listed
  • up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
  • Packaging for this specialisation:
  • All Group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance(Assisting in nursing work in acute care). To achieve this qualification with this specialisation, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the unit of competency.
  • Core Units:
  • 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
  • BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Group B Electives: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance(Assisting in nursing work in acute care).
  • CHCCCS002 - Assist with movement
  • CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
  • CHCCCS026 - Transport individuals
  • HLTAIN001 - Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
  • HLTAIN002 - Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
  • Other electives will be taken from this list:
  • CHCAGE001 - Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 - Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD002 - Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • CHCCCS009 - Facilitate responsible behaviour
  • CHCCCS010 - Maintain a high standard of service
  • CHCCCS012 - Prepare and maintain beds
  • CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
  • CHCDIS007 - Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • CHCSET001 - Work with forced migrants
  • CHCSOH001 - Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • HLTAHA025 - Contribute to client flow and client information management in medical imaging
  • HLTAHA026 - Support the medical imaging professional
  • HLTAID001 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID002 - Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • HLTAMB014 - Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions
  • HLTFSE001 - Follow basic food safety practices
  • HLTFSE002 - Provide ward or unit based food preparation and distribution services
  • HLTFSE003 - Perform kitchenware washing
  • HLTFSE004 - Serve cafeteria customers
  • HLTFSE005 - Apply and monitor food safety requirements
  • HLTFSE006 - Prepare foods suitable for a range of client groups
  • HLTFSE007 - Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
  • HLTFSE008 - Conduct internal food safety audits
  • HLTFSE009 - Apply cook-freeze and reheating processes
  • HLTHSS003 - Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
  • HLTHSS004 - Handle and move equipment, goods and mail
  • HLTHSS007 - Handle medical gases safely
  • HLTOHC004 - Provide or assist with oral hygiene
  • HLTSTE001 - Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices
  • SITXFSA202 - Transport and store food
  • SITXFSA401 - Develop and implement a food safety program
  • BSBFLM312 - Contribute to team effectiveness
  • BSBINN301 - Promote innovation in a team environment
  • CPPCLO4022A - Organise and monitor cleaning operations


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.