Make a difference by working with Nurses and health professionals to help people recover and cope with illness and injury, as a Nursing Assistant or Healthcare Aide.

Why study this course?

  • Designed with flexibility in mind, learning materials are divided into convenient, bite- sized, 15 – 20 minute chunks so you can learn on the go, wherever, whenever you like.
  • The course gets you used to working in a health clinic, via its online Green Trees Private Hospital, which immerses you in a healthcare environment with tours, lessons and quizzes.
  • Online learning materials allow you to add comments and questions, which can be seen, added to and answered by fellow students and Trainers.
  • Chat and interact with fellow students and your Trainers in forums, or message your Trainers and Assessors via email with any questions or queries you may have.
  • The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is a great pathway into further study, should you wish to pursue nursing or another health stream.
Course number E1123
Qualification name HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Recommended hours per week 16.0
Qualification level Certificate III
Delivery method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Presentations
Awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

About the course

Who this course is for

If you are looking to start a career in healthcare as a Nursing Assistant or Healthcare Aide, and get a taste of what the industry has to offer, Open Colleges’ Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is perfect for you.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

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

What you'll learn

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance will equip you to assist Nurses and health professionals in treating patients who are struggling with illness and injury. During your study you will learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with health professionals and clients.
  • Effectively work within the health and community services sector.
  • Understand the human body and how it works.
  • Provide first aid.
  • Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting.
  • Help and assist clients with movement.
  • Provide transportation for clients unable to transport themselves.
  • Help clients to maintain oral hygiene.
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern.
  • Organise and prioritise your workload.

Learning materials

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpace. These include:

  • Online learning content
  • Activities
  • Online forums
  • Rich media

You will also be provided with the following textbooks:

  • Martin, E. & McFerran, T. (2011) Oxford Minidictionary for Nurses, 6th Edition. United Kingdon: Oxford University Press. This textbook will be provided on enrolment into the course.
  • Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., Moxham, L. & Ryan, J. (2014) Nursing Student’s Clinical Survival Guide, 3rd Edition. Australia: Pearson. This textbook will be provided on enrolment into Module 3.

RTO partnership information

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care & Management Training (provider Number 90197)

Course trainers

Eve Czerniak

Eve Czerniak is a Registered Nurse who has worked both in Australia and overseas in general nursing, as well as women’s and children’s health. She has experience working in aged care facilities, hospitals and as a school nurse and educator.  Eve holds a bachelor degree in nursing, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Cert IV in TESOL. 

Academic information

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.

Module 1

  • 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

*You will need to provide a certified and current First Aid certificate from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTAID003 Provide First Aid at your own cost. The certified copy of the certificate must be current at the time of graduation. The accepted industry standards for currency is 3 years from date of issue.

Module 2

  • 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

Module 3

  • 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
  • Identify patient’s oral hygiene requirements to ensure good oral health
  • Assist and support patients in an appropriate manner
  • Assist and support patients in their identified oral hygiene needs
  • Recognise and report changes in patient oral hygiene requirements

Module 4

  • 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

Module 5

  • Prepare area for bed making
  • Make bed
  • Leave bed ready for occupancy or continued occupancy
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with people accessing service
  • Act in a respectful manner at all times
  • Evaluate own work to maintain a high standard of service

Module 6

  • 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
  • Co-ordinate personal skill development and learning

Assessment details

  • Case studies
  • Demonstrations
  • Knowledge tests
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations

Recognition of Prior Learning

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Open Colleges has developed an RPL application kit for this course.

The Student Handbook, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options. 

Course duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Qualification awarded

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance from Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197).

Work placement

What is a work placement?

A work placement is the part of your course where you learn and are assessed in a place of work related to your course which has been approved by Open Colleges.

At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

What support will I get?

It’s your responsibility to find a suitable work place to carry out your work placement, however, there is a Work Placement Team available to give you a hand if you find that you are struggling.

Work placement hours

This course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Host organisation

You will need to be involved in the delivery of professional health services to clients and will need to have access to specialist equipment and resources, relevant to the delivery of healthcare assistance.

Supervisor requirements

You are required to be supervised in the workplace by a Registered Nurse/ Division 1 nurse. This is in line with current industry practice, where the assistant in nursing (or equivalent) is always the responsibility of the Registered Nurse on duty. Registration status of the Workplace Supervisor will be verified online through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) website by the Open Colleges Workplace Assessor.

 

Recommendation

Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.

 

Requirements

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement, such as manual handling training and immunisations. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

More information can be found in the Workplace Assessment Guide.

Insurance

Open Colleges provides insurance cover for any unpaid work placement you undertake as part of your course. This insurance coverage includes Public and Products Liability insurance as well as Student Personal Accident Insurance.

Additional

Prior to commencing work placement and after the completion of an application form you will receive a laminated Clinical Placement Identification card and 2 polo shirts embroidered with the Open Colleges logo to wear to placement.

Requirements

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image, audio and video files.

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.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Payment options

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to ZipMoney over a period of agreed time with them. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free* payment plan (dependant on which course you are enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before. 

Payment Plan

Pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly or keep to a steady pace, and with no deadlines or schedules to stick to, fitting your learning around your everyday commitments is easy.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our purpose-built online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors, upload your assessments and find all the support and motivation you need to keep going from the OC community.

OpenSpace

Your online community

What is OpenSpace?

Open Colleges offers you a custom-designed online-learning platform called OpenSpace.

Your learning platform is the heart of your study experience. This is where you'll navigate through your course materials, contact your trainers and assessors, and connect with other online students.

 

 

What can you do in OpenSpace?

OpenSpace provides you with a secure, interactive learning environment that allows you to access a wealth of learning resources. In OpenSpace you can:

  • Access all your course materials, including videos and other digital resources
  • Complete the learning activities related to your course
  • Get the latest news about Open Colleges and your course
  • Get to know your fellow students by posting in the course forums, and find a 'Study Buddy'
  • Connect with your Trainers and Assessors
  • Access extensive online libraries for research
  • Upload your assessments, view feedback, and access your grades 

It’s just like a real campus – but it’s available anywhere and anytime.

How to get support

Academic support

Your experienced trainers are available in OpenSpace to answer any questions you may have regarding the learning materials or assessments.

Your training operations manager can also provide you with advice and support regarding the overall course. 

Student support

The student support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the student support team in OpenSpace or by email or phone

Online Community Support Officers

Your friendly in-platform support officers help students make the most out of their OpenSpace learning experience through managing the discussion forums, providing orientation and study skill webinars, and one-to-one support calls.

Peer support

As a student of Open Colleges you will join a community of over 65,000 people who are also studying online. Through OpenSpace you can connect and collaborate with others to share study tips and advice. 

Our students find this is a great way to keep motivated and build lasting friendships and networks. 

Work Placement Support

If your course contains work placement, the work placement support team can provide you with support, advice and resources if you encounter difficulties in securing a workplace for your work placement.

You can access the work placement support team via your trainer and assessor or the student support team.

About Open Colleges

Our history and heritage

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning.

We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

So far, we have helped over 700,000 people gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving the support you need to reach your goals.

Commitment to quality

December 2013 saw Open Colleges Australia (the holding company of Open Colleges Pty Ltd) become part of Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Being part of Apollo gives Open Colleges access to the expertise, experience and educational resources of the University of Phoenix (USA), Institute of Professional Development (USA), BPP University (UK) and other institutions in the Apollo global network.

Our ongoing partnerships and place within the Apollo family ensure we continue to deliver a student experience that’s best in class.

 

With Open Colleges you can:

  • Study nationally recognised qualifications
  • Choose from over 100 online courses
  • Fit study around your family or work commitments
  • Enrol 365 days of the year
  • Find a payment option that works for you
  • Get academic and student support – online or over the phone
  • Join a community of thousands of like-minded students

Get in touch

Still got a question?

Call an Education Advisor on 1300 161 345 for more details about this course and the enrolment process.

It’s our priority to ensure you enrol in the perfect course so an Education Advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your specific goals and what you want to achieve through studying online. They’ll clearly explain the course options that would suit you best and why they would work for you and talk you through how online learning with Open Colleges works.