In a nutshell
The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, offered by Open Colleges, opens the door to students wishing to pursue careers in nursing. Graduates will be prepared to pursue assistant nursing and support positions in a variety of healthcare settings.
Students will learn the fundamentals of providing assistance to clients according to a care plan and under the supervision of a health professional. You’ll also learn how to perform patient observations, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients, and how to use medical terminology, among many other skills required to provide care in a nursing assistant role.
The course comprises one full day or two evenings of attendance per week for facilitated learning and practical skills sessions. Face-to-face attendance is supplemented through completion of self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials, and 120 hours of practical work placement is undertaken to gain valuable on-the-job experience.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights; AND
- Reside in Western Australia; AND
- Complete the Core Skills Test; AND
- 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.
In this health course, the subjects you may study include:
- HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
- BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
- HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- HLTWHS001 - Participate in work health and safety
- HLTHSS003 - Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
- CHCCCS002 - Assist with movement
- CHCCCS026 - Transport individuals
- HLTAIN001 - Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCCCS020 - Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
- CHCCCS012 - Prepare and maintain beds
- HLTAIN002 - Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment
- CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
- BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: