Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Course Code: HLT33115
Study Area:

Start date: 6 February 2020

End date: 10 December 2020

1 day per week - Thursdays

This qualification is nationally recognised and made up of core and elective units of competency, including nursing specialisation, which the HSA is required to assist nursing staff in delivery of services such as washing, dressing, toileting and grooming, transporting patients/clients, assisting with the delivery of meals, bed making, stock control, cleaning and other general ward duties. Course includes a minimum of 80 hours of mandatory work placement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Course duration is 2.5 full time days on campus per week over 23 weeks.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Graduates will find job opportunities in support services, food services, cleaning and patient transport and particularly in environmental services.

  • Police Check and WWC
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Interview

Course overview

A Health Services Assistant (HSA) works under the guidance and direction of health professionals to assist in the delivery of healthcare services. This can involve direct and non-direct patient / client care. This qualification supports multiskilling requirements of smaller and rural work/remote work settings and may also be undertaken as a traineeship.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • You must be aged 18 years or over and attend an Information Session

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • • Written test / assignment • Observation / demonstration • Third party report (placement) • Questioning • Online assessment • Role play

Learning options
  • Classroom based

Key study areas
This qualification includes the specialisation stream – Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care

Further study opportunities
  • This course is a recognised pathway into Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and is suitable for students considering further or higher level studies in health or nursing.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$1,610.20
Concession - average total course fee*$322.04
Full fee - average total course fee*$3,783.00
B.   Materials average fee**$50.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$145.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$1,469.55
Concession - average total course fee*$293.91
Full fee - average total course fee*$2,963.35
B.   Materials average fee**$57.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$145.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 8/01/2020 2:03 PM

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