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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Acute Care)

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National ID: HLT33115 | State ID: AA72


Work alongside Registered and Enrolled Nurses as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) after completing this course

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The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Acute Care) will give you the essential clinical knowledge and skills needed for employment in the health industry. As a graduate you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of public or private health care environments including acute care hospitals, aged care facilities and community settings.

During the course you will be involved in classroom activities and online learning including medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, and experience our simulated practice where care is delivered to manikins. You will also be required to undertake 80 hours of clinical work placement. The Department of Health requirements for acute care settings are met with the units covered in this course.

This course is a great first step in a nursing career, with the opportunity to apply for further study in nursing such as our Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies or Diploma of Nursing courses

North Metropolitan TAFE also offers a dual qualification in partnership with Hall and Prior Health and Aged Care Group at our Mt Lawley campus, combining this certificate III with CHC33015 AA66 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). For more information view our flyer.

If you are currently working in, or have previously worked in the health industry you may be able to gain credit for your experience and/or training through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), talk to us to find out more.

Gain these skills
  • Assist the nursing teams with patient care, basic hygiene, feeding, urinalysis, transferring patients, vital signs, manual handling, simple wound care and dressings
  • Assist clients with with personal care, communication, mobility and rehabilitation
  • Implement programs and procedures to maximise client well being
  • Perform personal care adhering to Infection control and WHS guidelines
  • Effective communication with patients in team settings
  • Supporting people with dementia
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Caring, positive attitude and respect for the rights of others
  • Able to work as part of a team and follow instructions
  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Able to manage time and prioritise tasks effectively
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There's a real job shortage, the assistant nursing qualification is a nationally recognised qualification, it's only one semester, it's only six months. Hazel Neale

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Successful completion of this qualification will equip you to perform the duties of an Assistant in Nursing in a hospital or aged care setting.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Further study options would be the Certificate IV in Preparation to Nursing Education
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Course Overview

WhereJoondalup (McLarty Avenue)
Mount Lawley

1 semester (6 months) full time.
Full time classes are run Monday to Friday, between 9:00 and 4:00.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.




Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Communicate and work in health or community servicesCHCCOM005AVC29
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and proceduresHLTINF001AVA32
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriatelyBSBMED301AUK35
Organise personal work priorities and developmentBSBWOR301AUJ68
Participate in workplace health and safetyHLTWHS001WG738
Recognise healthy body systemsHLTAAP001AVB19
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09

Elective Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Assist with movementCHCCCS002AVC75
Assist with nursing care in an acute care environmentHLTAIN001AVA84
Meet personal support needsCHCCCS011AVC66
Provide individualised supportCHCCCS015AVC63
Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environmentHLTAIN002AVA85
Provide support to people living with dementiaCHCAGE005AVC87
Respond effectively to behaviours of concernCHCCCS020AVC57
Transport individualsCHCCCS026AVC51
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
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