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HLT57921 – Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practices

HLT57921 - Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice


In today’s dynamic healthcare environment, the role of anaesthetic technicians is pivotal in ensuring the smooth operation of anaesthetic procedures and the overall safety and comfort of patients. The HLT57921 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice is meticulously designed to equip students with the specialized skills and knowledge required to excel in this vital field.

Offered by Health Careers International Pty Ltd, this course aims to prepare individuals to work collaboratively with anaesthetists during all phases of anaesthesia, from induction to emergence. This comprehensive program spans 52 weeks and includes a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, ensuring graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of the industry.

Students in this course will gain proficiency in a wide array of competencies essential for an anaesthetic technician, including:

  • Preparing patients for anaesthetic procedures
  • Monitoring patients during anaesthesia
  • Assisting with airway management and anaesthesia-related emergencies
  • Maintaining the quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
  • Implementing infection prevention and control practices
  • Applying medical terminology in healthcare settings

The course also emphasizes the importance of legal and ethical compliance, cultural safety, and effective communication within healthcare environments. By integrating these elements, the program ensures that graduates are not only technically skilled but also capable of delivering compassionate and culturally sensitive care.

The HLT57921 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice serves as a gateway to a fulfilling career in the healthcare sector, offering pathways to further education and professional development. Whether you are a job seeker aiming to enter the healthcare industry, a regional student, or a current healthcare worker seeking to upgrade your skills, this diploma provides the foundation for a rewarding role in anaesthetic technology.

With a strong focus on hands-on training and real-world applications, the course includes a mandatory 360 hours of clinical work placement, ensuring that students gain practical experience in authentic healthcare settings. This practical component is crucial for developing the confidence and competence needed to excel in the fast-paced environment of anaesthetic technology.

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Course Details

HLT57921 - Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice
Amount of Training :  1670 Hours
Course Duration  : 52 Weeks
AQF Level :5
Course Delivery : Blended
Campuses : Melbourne
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)

The RTO doesn’t guarantee the successful completion of training by the learner. Job placement is not guaranteed after completion, but job assistance will be provided.

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Victorian Funding

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

  • 52 Weeks full time
  • Amount of Training is 1670 Hours
  • Blended
  • Available to domestic students

17 units of competency are required for this qualification.

  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units.


CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTANA008 Prepare patients for anaesthesia
HLTANA009 Monitor patients during anaesthesia
HLTANA010 Assist with airway management
HLTANA011 Respond to anaesthesia-related emergencies
HLTANA012 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
HLTSTE003 Sterilise loads
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities


CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status

Students completing this qualification can further their studies and go on to do:

  • HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing)

Graduates of the HLT57921 – Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice can pursue careers in various roles, including:

  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Anaesthetic Assistant
  • Anaesthetic Nurse Assistant
  • Theatre Technician
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Senior Anaesthetic Technician
  • Veterinary Anaesthetic Technician
  • Clinical Nurse Assistant – Anaesthetic
  • Theatre Nurse Assistant – Scrub Scout, Recovery & Anaesthetics
  • Anaesthetic Nurse Assistant – Perioperative Services

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the HLT57921 – Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice is as follows:

State Funding
Victoria Check with us for Domestic Scholarships *
Western Australia Check with us for Domestic Scholarships
New South Wales Check with us for Domestic Scholarships

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

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Blended : Online real-time theory tutorials with on-campus skills training in a simulation environment

The course is provided through a blended mode of delivery. It will be delivered over 1670 hours, which includes theory delivery, simulation-based training and assessment, and professional experience placement (PEP). The breakdown of these hours is as follows:

  • Theory, tutorials, simulations, and formative activities: 1154 hours
  • Summative assessment: 156 hours
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP): 350 hours

Additionally, students are advised that they will be required to engage in unstructured learning as assigned.

Students will attend 20 hours of training sessions each week, and simulation training/assessment will be organized in blocks or conducted weekly based on the cohort’s needs. Scheduled hours of support are provided weekly to help students complete their assessments.

The training package does not mandate any entry requirements; however, IHNA has provisioned the following entry requirements for this qualification.

IHNA Admission Requirements
  • Age: 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Education: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 course or equivalent.
  • Mature Age Students: Mature age students (22+) may also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the applicant to meet course requirements.
Additional requirements:
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirement:

All students are required to undergo the LLN test proffered by IHNA for their suitability to be determined for undertaking the course successfully.

Digital literacy:
  • 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.
  • Having own computer (desktop or laptop) to facilitate the training and assessment.
Professional Experience Placement (PEP) requirements:
  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance (NCC) or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Required immunisation records
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • Physical requirements necessary to pass the course objectives:
    • 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 clients and equipment
    • Communication: To communicate in both verbal and written formats and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors

Note: Students must declare a disability or disorder (if any), or if they are on any medication which may require reasonable adjustments. Where a student breaches the above requirements, they could be excluded from their practical placements which may result in unsuccessful completion of the qualification.

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 Assessment
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

The 17 units included in this course have been grouped into different skill sets. They are:

  • Managing Community Workplace Requirements
    • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • Clinical Procedures
    • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
    • HLTANA008 Prepare patients for anaesthesia
    • HLTANA009 Monitor patients during anaesthesia
    • HLTANA010 Assist with airway management
    • HLTANA011 Respond to anaesthesia related emergencies
    • HLTANA012 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
    • HLTANA013 Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia
    • HLTANA014 Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment
  • Health and Safety
    • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
    • HLTCCD003 Use medical terminology in health care
    • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • Cultural Safety
    • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

The rationale for creating skill sets is to offer students exit points which may lead to gaining a specific set of skills and credit for units in relevant undergraduate-level courses.

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

What is an L-Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.

When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application:

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio, and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

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  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.
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  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

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