Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes at our South Australia campus.

Course Description

This course could be your pathway to a career as a Nursing Assistant. 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.

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance | SA campus-based learning is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an Assistant in nursing or nursing support worker.

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.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our Keswick campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

This course could be your pathway to a career as a Nursing Assistant. 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.

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance | SA campus-based learning is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an Assistant in nursing or nursing support worker.

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.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our Keswick campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Potential career outcomes

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Patient Service Assistant
  • Patient Support Assistant
  • Ward Assistant
  • Ward Support
  • Wardsperson
Course number E1272
Qualification name HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance | SA campus-based learning
Course duration 19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement
Delivery Method The delivery mode of this course is blended. The schedule consists of 1 full day or 2 evenings of attendance per week for facilitated learning with your educator and practical skills sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require, on average, a commitment of at least 20 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Presentations, Projects, Reports
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049)

This course could be your pathway to a career as a Nursing Assistant. 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.

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance | SA campus-based learning is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an Assistant in nursing or nursing support worker.

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.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model, which means you’ll gain your theoretical understanding by studying online, whenever you like, and develop your practical skills and complete your assessments in our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs at our Keswick campus.
  • On-the-job experience through a 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Working in a healthcare environment

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Open Colleges does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost. 

Workplace health and safety

  • Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • Identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices
  • Prepare to clean safely
  • Clean and maintain surfaces in clinical areas
  • Ensure maintenance of cleaning standards
  • ​Manage waste
  • Store equipment and cleaning agents safely

Working with clients

  • Prepare to assist a person with movement
  • Assist with movement
  • Complete assistance with movement
  • Prepare for transport
  • Transport the person and equipment
  • Deliver the person
  • Assist with the delivery of nursing care to clients in an acute care environment
  • Support the client to meet personal care needs in an acute care environment
  • Work in a team environment
  • Work effectively under supervision

Challenges of working with clients

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify behaviour and plan response
  • Apply response
  • Report and review incidents

Non-client contact support

  • Prepare area for bed making
  • Make bed
  • Leave bed ready for occupancy or continued occupancy
  • Comply with the workplace information protocols of an acute care environment
  • Collect, process and maintain accurate records in an acute care environment
  • Support equipment requirements in an acute care environment

Personal and professional development

  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
  • Organise and complete own work schedule
  • Monitor own work performance
  • Coordinate personal skill development and learning

Core Skills Test

The Core Skills Test is compulsory to complete prior to acceptance into our course. It is an online test that assesses your language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • There is no cost for up to 2 attempts at the test
  • It takes approximately 45 mins to complete.

Call us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the Core Skills Test.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights, and
  2. Reside in South Australia; and
  3. You will also need to:
    • Have successfully completed Year 10 or its equivalent in Australia, or
    • Apply based on your work and / or life experience.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role involves providing direct physical manipulation whilst assisting with movement or exercise requirements, assisting clinical staff with procedures, and transporting clients.

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Placements are organised for you by Open Colleges School of Health. Placements are unpaid and typically full-time.

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049). 

The testamur will be issued by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.

              

Indicative fees for the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance | SA campus-based learning course are as follows:

  • Full course tuition fee - $3,650
  • Students eligible for WorkReady SA funding - $200 (approximate)
  • Students holding a concession card and eligible for WorkReady SA funding - Approximately $100

The tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees. Residents of South Australia may be eligible for WorkReady SA funding.  Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible payment plan or pay your course fees in full upfront. 

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the funding and subsidy options available or to assess your eligibility.

More information about Fees and Payments.