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Certificate III in Pathology Collection

National ID: HLT37215 | State ID: AWJ9


Make a difference to people's lives

Do you want to be a part of the health team that assists in assessing the client’s health status through interpretation of blood results? You could do this by learning how to collect blood and other specimens for testing.

You will gain transferable skills which you will be able use in any further health related studies you may choose to undertake.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to meet many different people and help them to feel at ease during their visit.

North Metro TAFE will be offering this course at Midland campus in April 2019.

Gain these skills
  • Safely take venous blood and other samples
  • Knowledge of how the body works
  • How to prevent the spread of infection
  • Medical terminology
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Caring and respectful approach
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work co-operatively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Good administration and organisational skills
  • Computer literacy and accurate recording of details
  • Be prepared to work in hospital wards, outpatient clinics, off-site collection rooms and home collection services
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Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become a Pathology Collection Assistant.

On completing this course you could find work in pathology collection centres, hospitals and general practitioners" clinics. Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in all the areas of pathology collection including community collection centres, public or private hospitals and general medical clinics and practices.

Further study opportunities:

Certificate IV in Pathology Specimen Collection
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Course Overview

Mount Lawley

Sixteen weeks full-time, over 3 days a week, including and organised work placement.

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
Collect pathology specimens other than bloodHLTPAT004AVA01
Communicate and work in health or community servicesCHCCOM005AVC29
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and proceduresHLTINF001AVA32
Deliver a service to customersBSBCUS201AUK74
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collectionHLTPAT001AVA04
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriatelyBSBMED301AUK35
Participate in workplace health and safetyHLTWHS001WG738
Perform venous blood collectionsHLTPAT002AVA03
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09

Elective Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testingHLTPAT005AVA00
Manage stressors in the work environmentHLTWHS006AUZ56
Provide first aidHLTAID003WG732
Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimensHLTPAT006AUZ99
Recognise healthy body systemsHLTAAP001AVB19
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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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