Certificate III in Health Services Assistance


  • Gain the preferred qualification to provide assistance to health professional staff with this Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115)
  • No entry requirements
  • Study online at your own pace - complete within 1 year

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Orderly
  • Ward Assistant
  • Patient Support Assistant

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.





Work placement

80 hours in total

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 16 hrs a week = finish in 6 months, 8 hrs a week = finish in 1 year). Complete within 1 year.
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Assignments & online quizzes
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There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol no matter what level of education or work experience you have.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Interpreting and using medical terminology
  • Infection prevention and control policies
  • Healthy body systems
  • Assisting with nursing care in acute environments
  • Patient transport
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Work placement

The elective unit 'HLTAIN001 - Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment' includes a total of 80 hours of professional work placement at an approved health care facility. You will need to arrange your own work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

15 units

Core units

  1. BSBMED301 - Interpret & apply medical terminology appropriately

  2. CHCCOM005 - Communicate & work in health or community services

  3. BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development

  4. CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

  5. HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention & control policies & procedures

  6. HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health & safety

  7. HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems

Elective units

  1. HLTAIN001 - Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment

  2. CHCCCS002 - Assist with movement

  3. CHCCCS010 - Maintain a high standard of service

  4. CHCCCS026 - Transport individuals

  5. CHCCCS023 - Support independence & wellbeing

  6. HLTAIN002 - Provide non – client contact support in acute care environment

  7. CHCCCS009 - Facilitate responsible behaviour

  8. CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

  9. BSBFLM312 - Contribute to team effectiveness

  10. BSBINN301 - Promote innovation in a team environment

  11. HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*

You must successfully complete 8 elective units.

*You’ll need to complete the ‘Provide first aid’ unit with a local training organisation, and arrange and pay for it separately.

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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