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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)

Become a Health Services Assistant

As a graduate of this course, you will be well qualified to work as a Health Services assistant in a variety of acute healthcare settings in Australia. Health Services Assistants work to help qualified medical professionals in direct client contact, under supervision.

  • Accreditations/
    Funding :
    IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course
Course Code: HLT33115 Course Name : HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)
AQF Level : 3 Course Delivery : Face-to-Face & Online (Blended)
RTO ID : 21985 Duration : 40 weeks
Provided By :
Institute of Health and Nursing Australia
CRICOS Code: 093193E
The total tuition cost for the Certificate III in Certificate III in Health Service Assistance ( Acute Care)

VictoriaAUD $2,800
New South WalesAUD $3,800
Western AustraliaAUD $2,800
State Government Funding is Available for Eligible Students.
Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student's future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

Students eligible and opting for government funding must attend 20 hours of classroom sessions per week. Students failing to attend the classroom sessions will not be able to avail the funding and will be required to pay the full course fees.

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance course is nationally accredited and is designed for workers in a range of work roles who provide assistance to health professional staff with the care of clients.

The classroom mode of the course will be delivered over a maximum of 40 weeks. Blended mode completion times will vary. There will be a practical placement component totalling 120 hours for both modes.Gain credit transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for previous study and work place experience and fast-track your studies. Call us to find more.

15 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

  • 7 core units
  • 8 elective units


CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
BSBMED301Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development


CHCCCS002Assist with movement
CHCCCS020Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026Transport individuals
HLTAIN001Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
HLTAIN002Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
CHCCCS012Prepare and maintain beds
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
HLTAID003Provide first aid
There are two modes of delivery - a classroom or a blended learning approach.

Online (Blended) [A New Experience in Learning]

  • Theory Online :
    • Interact online with classmates, teachers and support staff
    • Attend live webinars and chats
    • Attend optional support sessions on campus
    • Engage with stimulating multimedia content
    • Access online library resources
  • Simulation-based training and assessment at campus
  • Clinical placement, at approved healthcare facilities across Australia

Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Melbourne Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class on every Saturday starting from 8th July 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

After successful completion of the program, the candidates may gain employment in acute and/ or sub-acute health care settings to assist nursing. In addition the qualification supports multi-skilling requirements of smaller and rural/remote work settings. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

• Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above and need to be Secondary School year 10 pass,
• Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years and has at least 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:
Satisfactory National police clearance / AFP/ NCC and WWCC
IHNA students must complete the immunization requirements before the professional experience placement start date

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength : Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility : Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing : Sufficient 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 : Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication : Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfil these requirements then please declare in your course application.

To apply for this course, just scroll down and submit an enquiry. Our representative will get back to you and provide guidance.

Face to face Delivery


Feb 05, 2018

Online (Blended) Delivery


Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018

Melbourne CBD

Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Feb 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Oct 05, 2020

Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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