Course Description

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in nursing work in acute care) is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an assistant in nursing or nursing support worker. It has been designed to provide you with an orientation to the health sector and to assist nursing teams in an acute care environment.

Careers in the health sector are regarded as fulfilling, stable and interesting, with each week taking on a different landscape of patients, health professionals, client profiles and patient care.

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website, over the next five years the number of job openings for nursing support workers is expected to be greater than 50,000. Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.

As a nursing assistant you’ll provide assistance to clients according to their care plan and under the supervision of a health professional. You’ll learn how to perform patient observations, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients and how to use medical terminology. After completing this course you could work in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices and home and community care services.


This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Patient Service Assistant
  • Patient Support Assistant
  • Ward Assistant
  • Ward Support
  • Wardsperson