COVID-19 Collection Skill Set

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The COVID-19 Collection skill set will give you the skills and knowledge required to collect, prepare and dispatch a pathology specimen for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing — a technique used to copy small segments of DNA and to diagnose infections such as COVID-19.

This training will get you job ready for working in hospitals or outpatient clinics, GP clinics and specialist rooms, home collection services and other public and private healthcare settings equip you with the skills and knowledge to. It includes learning to work in compliance with infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

The skills you gain are highly transferrable, with PCR used in a number of laboratory and clinical techniques including DNA fingerprinting, detection of bacteria, and diagnosis of genetic disorders. Your skills can also be used for the collection of pathology specimens in anthropological and forensic examination, which could be a pathway into a range of interesting work areas including forensic and criminal sciences.

This skill set is free for everyone.

  • How to collect and dispatch a pathology specimen for testing to diagnose infections such as COVID-19.  
  • Compliance with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Duration         8 weeks
Commences   8 June 2021

This skill set will be delivered using a combination of on campus and online study. You will attend classes on Tuesdays.

There will also be a one week work placement where you'll develop your skills in Pathology collection.

You will need a current National Police Clearance and a Working With Children Check.

You may require immunisations and/or provide evidence of vaccinations - Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) record of vaccination (cost will vary depending on your doctor and what vaccinations are needed). Costs for vaccinations and clearances may vary.

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Semester 1, 2021

Duration 8 Weeks
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Mount Lawley
How On Campus

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