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HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care)

National ID: HLT33115 State ID: AA72
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Are you interested in working in acute care settings?

Health Services Assistance is a physically demanding career which provides assistance to professional healthcare staff for the care of clients.

You will have direct contact with clients and assist them with personal care, communication, mobility and rehabilitation. You will be required to implement programs and procedures to maximise client well being. Acting as an assistant to a nurse or medical practitioner, your working environment can be varied. You may need to work shift hours and will need to use equipment designed for manual handling. This course has a focus on mental health and includes Department of Health units for acute care settings.

Students can expect to attend campus for Tuesday and Thursday classes, 8am to 2.30pm.

Mandatory vaccination requirements

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health have advised that it will be mandatory for residential aged care workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 September 2021, this includes students undertaking work placements. 

You do not need to supply any vaccination evidence as part of your course application or enrolment.

Mandatory vaccinations

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Minimum age for entry is 18 years of age. To complete this course students must successfully complete a clinical placement. Industry states minimum age for Mental Health placement is 18 years of age.

Explore the core skills required to see if you will be successful in study in this course and work in this industry.

  • Students need to purchase the text book for their first class.
    Visit the book suppliers website www.cengagebrain.com.au(opens in a new tab) and enter the number into the search bar: ISBN 9780170387026 (Use the discount code SAVE10 to get a 10% discount).
  • Uniform is a requirement for this course and will be discussed on your first day.
    Uniform is navy blue scrub top and pants, with closed in shoes.

Is this the right course for you?

Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.

See the Core Skills Required

Core Skill Requirements (Inherent Requirements) 

To work in the industry area identified, the following skills needs to be considered; 

Observational skills – this includes the ability to: 
•    notice changes in people’s behavior, ability and the environment 
•    identify safety hazards and risks 
•    observe and understand non-verbal cues (e.g. facial expressions, body language) 
•    identify signs of verbal distress and / or aggression 

Communication skills – this includes the ability to: 
•    communicate effectively with a range of people (e.g. clients, families, co-workers) 
•    use appropriate language and respect when working with people from different cultures 
•    listen attentively to what is being said 
•    read and understand written information 
•    understand and follow written and verbal instructions 
•    understand and respond to verbal and non- verbal communication 
•    write comprehensive communication appropriate to the situation 
•    use technology to communicate (e.g. computer for reports, emails, documents) 
•    communicate and work with other people as a team 

Technical and / or Motor skills – this includes the ability to: 
•    deal with physical demands of manual tasks (e.g. bending, squatting, kneeling, crouching, repetitive movements, carrying, reaching) 
•    be on your feet for extended periods of time, both walking and standing 
•    grasp, push, turn and manipulate objects 
•    use equipment and other technology (e.g. computers, push wheelchairs, manual handling equipment) 
•    transport people around in wheelchairs, beds, trolley’s 
•    have sufficient vision to safely perform the required range of skills 
•    hear and differentiate sounds that may alert you of a problem (e.g. alarms, calls ) 
•    deal with body fluids (e.g. urine, feces, blood) \

Cognitive / intellectual skills – this includes the ability to: 
•    gather, understand, organize, recall and communicate information 
•    use own judgment / basic problem solving skills (e.g. to respond to immediate safety risks) 
•    understand other people’s perspectives / opinions and respect their choices 
•    understand and use math’s effectively (e.g. measurements, basic calculations, 24 hour clock) 
•    maintain a sufficient level of concentration to complete an activity / task 
•    be attentive in interaction with others ( e.g. to identify risks, to identify changes) 
•    perform tasks in a safe manner and within reasonable timeframes Behavioural and social skills – this includes the ability to: 
•    demonstrate patience and willingness to work with a variety people 
•    able to work under pressure 
•    demonstrate professional behaviour (e.g. punctuality, maintaining confidentiality and respect personal boundaries) 
•    control your emotions and reactions and withhold personal opinions 
•    tolerate close proximity with individuals 
•    interact with all genders 
•    adapt to change 
•    take responsibility for own actions – including use of social media 
•    comply with legal requirements of industry (e.g. criminal history check) 

Attendance in-class

You will be expected to attend class 2 days per week over one semester.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research. There is an online reading component to this course and as such, you should be computer literate and have available computer and internet access.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

This course includes a compulsory practical placement at a health care facility (with a mental health focus) during the second term of the program for a 3 x 1-week blocks. You must be available to attend all placement dates and times given by the facilities. Please note placement will be held from Monday to Friday (in week blocks) and you may be rostered on morning or afternoon shifts. Placement dates are scheduled on a rostered system over a period of five weeks from the 11 October 2021 - 12 November 2021. Please note, your placement could be held at a facility up to 45 minutes drive from campus. Transport to placement and parking costs are at the students own expense.

Over the five week rostering period when students are not rostered on placement, students are expected to attend face to face classes.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pens, exercise book, highlighters) and wear enclosed footwear.

A uniform is a requirement for this course. This is to be worn every practical lab session. This requirement will be discussed on the first day. The uniform consists of a navy blue scrub top and pants with closed in shoes. 

There is a compulsory text purchase prior to class start date. This is available from http://www.cengagebrain.com.au Enter this number into the search bar - ISBN 9780170387026 and choose either the paperback ($107.95) or eBook ($64.95). When purchasing use the discount code SAVE10. You will receive a 10% discount on checkout.

You will be required to have the following checks prior to work placement. All forms and information will be emailed to you on enrolment.

  • National Police Clearance (Form available at the post office. Needs to be completed and submitted to post office ASAP, see the Important Information tab on this page to find out more about how National Police Clearances work)
  • Working With Children Check
  • Medical screening and immunisations

Mandatory vaccination requirements

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health have advised that it will be mandatory for residential aged care workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 September 2021, this includes students undertaking work placements. 

Students will also be required to have a flu vaccination (no more than one year old) to be eligible to go out on community placement.

Mandatory vaccinations

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.

Semester 1

Details
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1
Where Murdoch
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,576.25 $550.75 $2,127.00
Concession $470.45 $550.75 $1,021.20

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Semester 2

Details
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2
Where Murdoch
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,576.25 $550.75 $2,127.00
Concession $470.45 $550.75 $1,021.20

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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