Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) Certificate III Course - 16107

Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) Course

Certificate III   NRT
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Start date:
2014 semester 1
Available at:
 –   St George College
 –   Ultimo College
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    Course description and aims

    Course Description

    This qualification covers workers in a range of work roles who provide assistance to health professional staff with the care of clients. Health Services Assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

    This qualification has been structured with elective groups for specific work functions in operating theatre support and assisting in nursing work in acute care. In addition the qualification supports multiskilling requirements of smaller and rural/remote work settings.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Course Replaced

    17596 - Health Services Assistance

    Course structure and Student Assessment Guide

    For more information on the course structure, including the core modules and electives, and to obtain a copy of the Student Assessment Guide, please go to the website or call 1300 360 601

    Contact Details

    Sydney Institute Information Centre
    Ground Floor, Marcus Clark (Building W)
    827 - 839 George Street, Haymarket NSW 2007
    Phone: 1300 360 601 or
    To make an inquiry, go to

    St George College (Montgomery Street Campus)
    Nursing Section Building M, Level 2.
    Phone:9598 6353/6354 or
    Course Information Phone:9598 6305

    Ultimo College
    Nursing Section, Building D, Level 6
    Customer Service Phone: 9217 3239

    Green Skills

    Green Skills modules may be available as part of this course. Please check directly with the college.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Career Opportunities

    - Assistant in nursing;
    - Orderly;
    - Nursing assistant;
    - Operating theatre technician;
    - Nursing support worker;
    - Theatre support;
    - Patient service attendant;
    - Ward assistant;
    - Patient support assistant;
    - Wardsperson;
    - Patient care assistant;
    - Ward support.

    You may find it useful to explore the My Future website at

    Subjects and electives


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    Core - all must be completed
    BSBFLM303CContribute to effective workplace relationships 36
    BSBMED301BInterpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 50
    HLTAP301BRecognise healthy body systems in a health care context50
    HLTHIR301CCommunicate and work effectively in health 20
    HLTIN301CComply with infection control policies and procedures in health work40
    HLTWHS200AParticipate in WHS processes 20
    Electives - The availability of electives may vary between colleges and from year to year
    Electives available will be advised by teaching section at enrolment

    Entry requirements

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Fees and costs


    In 2014 the TAFE NSW fee for this course is $419.00 per semester.
    Additional Cost:
    $150 per semester full time course related charge at St George and Ultimo

    Fee Notes

    When you enrol in a government-subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the 'TAFE NSW fee' for the duration of that course, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

    The TAFE NSW fee is based on the qualification level.

    Other fee arrangements apply for commercial courses (fee for service), international students and temporary visa holders.

    If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, fees may vary.

    Apprentices and Trainees who are registered in other States and Territories and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.


    Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee.

    Students who live and work in NSW and who receive a disability support pension and students with a disability (clients of a Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability) are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee for one TAFE NSW course enrolment per year (and are eligible for a $106 concession fee for each subsequent course enrolment in that year).

    To complete your enrolment, you will need to fill-in the 2014 TAFE NSW Fee Exemption application form and go to your chosen college.

    If your course runs for more than one semester in the same calendar year, you may have the option to pay your TAFE NSW fee in two equal instalments for that year. However you must make the first payment when you enrol.

    If your course takes more than one year to complete, you must pay the relevant TAFE NSW fee for each subsequent years/semesters in which you re-enrol.

    You may pay your TAFE NSW fee and any course related charges by EFTPOS, Visa Card, MasterCard, cheque or money order payable to TAFE NSW.

    TAFE NSW does not accept cash.

    Your enrolment is not complete until you have paid your TAFE NSW fee. Once you have done this, you will be entitled to receive an active TAFEcard, attend class, access library resources, sit for examinations, receive educational awards and use college amenities. You may also benefit from services including travel concessions and childcare places.

    For more information on TAFE NSW fees, fee exemptions, fee concessions and other fee arrangements go to

    Enrol at any location

    Enrolment and location

    St George College

    Full Time, 1 Semester (18 weeks), 20 Hours per week
    Indicative Timetable: 3 days per week 9:00am to 4:00pm. In addition you will also attend compulsory clinical placements in an approved aged care/hospital facility.

    Ultimo College

    Full Time, 1 Semester (18 weeks), 20 Hours per week
    Indicative Timetable: Classes held 3 days per week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. There is a compulsory clinical placement for this course


    At TAFE NSW Sydney Institute we run courses subject to demand. This information was correct at time of publication and is subject to change at any time without notice.

    For more information on studying at Sydney Institute, including language, numeracy and literacy assistance; student support services; study options and policies relating to assessment, fees and refunds, complaints and student discipline, visit your nearest campus or see the Sydney TAFE website.

    The information on this brochures is provided for Australian students and Australian Permanent Residents. If you are an international student contact the International Student Centre on +61 2 8289 4777.