HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)

National ID: HLT33115 State ID: AA72
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Work alongside Registered and Enrolled Nurses as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) after completing this course

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(opens in a new tab) or Diploma of Nursing(opens in a new tab) courses

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.

  • 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

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
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

The 80 hour clinical work placement in a hospital or aged care setting is organised by North Metro TAFE via a range of industry partners.

Work placement/employment may require you to work shift hours.

Additional Costs

Other costs in addition to course fees:

  • Polo Shirt (approx. $29)
  • Police Clearance (approx. $72) prior to commencement of work placement and employment
  • Working with Children’s Check (WWC) prior to commencement of work placement and employment
  • First Aid Certificate and CPR
  • Department of Health Screening Card
  • Medical Clearance

Including vaccinations - you will need to provide proof of immunisation against:

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (annual)
  • MRSA test
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rubella
  • TB test results



Other job titles may include:

  • Assistant in Nursing at Tertiary Hospitals
  • Assistant in Nursing at Aged Care Facilities
  • Patient Support Assistant 
  • Ward Clerk | Ward Assistant
  • Orderly

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Estimated Course Fee

Estimated Concession Fee

Eligible for VSL

$3,021.12 $1,145.62 No

These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.

  • Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
  • Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester.
  • Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible. 
  • For secondary school aged persons (in 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
  • The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
  • VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Semester 1, 2021

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
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Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Midland
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Duration 6 Months
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Mount Lawley
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Semester 2, 2021

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Midland
How On Campus
Duration 6 Months
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Mount Lawley
How On Campus
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
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