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HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection


The healthcare industry relies on the support of pathology collectors in order to test and respond to individual health concerns.

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is a professional accreditation that focuses on the factual, technical, and procedural knowledge of the concepts required to undertake personal visits to collect specimens from patients at home or at institutions.

Because this work requires discretion and judgement, our approach to teaching will prepare you to confidently communicate and provide customer service and technical skills. Your learning will blend theoretical with relevant practical knowledge so that you’re ready to enter the healthcare industry.

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Course Details

Amount of Training:  670 Hours
AQF Level : 3
Course Delivery :  Blended
Campuses :  Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Organisation delivering the program :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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Victorian Funding

“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

Smart and Skilled Funding

“This Training is subsidised by the NSW Government”

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

Student Testimonials

  • Amount of Training is 670 Hours
  • On campus (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth) and Blended
  • Available to domestic and international students

14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 9 core units
  • 5 elective units


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections
HLTPAT001 Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
HLTPAT004 Collect pathology specimens other than blood


HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
HLTPAT006 Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)

With the Certificate III in Pathology Collection in hand, you’ll be able to work professionally as a:

  • Pathology Assistant (Laboratory Aide)
  • Pathology Collector (Visiting)
  • Pathology Specimen Collector

Career pathway

  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the HLT37215 – Certificate III in Pathology Collection is: $3,990.00

Funding Details

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible,for Government funding,Student pays:$0 *
Western Australia If the student is eligible,for Government funding,Student pays:$1,300.86 #
If holds valid concession student pays $385.44 #
New South Wales Funding is available for eligible students please contact**

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

#The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees.

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(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

20 contact hours will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on- campus simulation based training and Professional experience placement.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured self-learning.

The delivery mode is subject to your eligibility to access state funding requirements and other conditions, please contact our admissions consultants to know more.

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this course; however, following IHNA admission criteria will be applicable:

  • 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course*
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 10 qualification or equivalent
  • In addition to meeting the educational requirements applicants must demonstrate their competence in literacy and numeracy levels in an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) at exit Level 3 and participate in a pre-training review when enrolling into the course.

*Mature age students (22+) will also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the student to meet course requirements.

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.

Additional Requirements:
Digital Literacy

Students should possess basic computer skills covering the most common usages of a computer, including managing computer files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases; creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use.

Students should be in possession of their own laptops to facilitate the training and assessment. Recommended Laptop requirements: Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of RAM, Operating system; Windows 7 or later version, Screen; 10” or higher, Microsoft Office or Open Office Program, Adobe Reader and Antivirus Program.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Requirements

  • A National Police Clearance or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Immunisation prior to undertaking Professional Experience Placement (PEP) in healthcare facilities
  • Declaration of having a disability, disorder, or on any medication that will need reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC): Students may have the opportunity to work with patients under the age of 18. Before students are allowed to contact with minors, students need to obtain a WWCC check.
  • Physical requirements that are necessary to pass the course objectives are:
    • Strength: To assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
    • Mobility: To bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined spaces
    • Hearing: To hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages
    • Vision: To make physical assessments of client and equipment
    • Communication: To communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors

Our approach is to collect evidence on whether the student can perform to the standards of the workplace. This is based on the relevant unit of competency, and you’ll find these tools being used:

  • Theory Assessments (TA)
  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)
  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

Academic team for Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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The course will take 6-12 months to complete depending on you finishing your classes/ assessments on time and completing the placement.

Yes, all the theory classes are delivered online,The first 5 units SBA’s are online as well, then 9 units SBA’s will be delivered in campus.

Yes, it’s available.

It is not encouraged on a regular basis, as your attendance will be affected and you will not be marked for the unit.

The initial 5 units, including KBA and TA, are delivered online, followed by 9 units of theoretical study online, and the SBA is then carried out in a simulated environment, as specified in the training package. This means that skills must be exhibited in a workplace setting, supplemented by simulations and scenarios where the complete range of circumstances and situations may not have been provided in the actual workplace.

Yes, we have recorded sessions, which are available on the Microsoft Teams page, where our students take classes online. Full fees paying students can fast track the course, while those students availing government funding must meet all the requirements given by the relevant funding bodies.Full-fee paying students can see recordings and complete their Knowledge Based Assessments and Theory assessments faster, but the Simulation Based Assessment requires an educator, so we don’t do these for one student at a time, SBA’s are re done in group of 5 to 8 students so that all students in the group can learn together by supporting each other with the support of an educator.

Actual course duration is 1 year, IHNA students complete this course in 4 to 6 months.

There are no theory lectures, but we do go through theory assessments as well as SBA; most of our SBAs are only about 2 hours long, so there is no need for a break

Once course is completed, IHNA organise placement and students go for 1 week of clinical placements.

  • KBA – Knowledge based assessments, which are multiple choice assessments.
  • TA – Theory assessment – which are short answers for students to complete.
  • SBA – Simulation based assessments. – role plays and skills training required to work as a pathologists.

Assessments are marked daily, by IHNA trainers and educators. This will help students to fast track the course.

Yes, each of the three IHNA campuses has an industry class simulated lab with all of the necessary equipment to study Certificate III Pathology collection. Our trainers have industry experience and can provide you with all the assistance you need to complete this course at your plan.

Once the placement is completed and the student has completed all required documents and assessments, IHNA will award the certificates within 4 weeks.

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