Overview

Learn the practical skills needed to work in a laboratory or clinical environment with the Certificate III in Pathology Assistance. This course is designed to provide you with the essential skills to work as an entry level Laboratory Assistant or Specimen Reception Assistant within the health sector. Practical assessments ensure you learn through role play, simulation and working with lab equipment.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Intake cancelled

The August 2023 intake for this course has been cancelled. The next available intake is April 2024. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Technological skills
  • Administrative skills

Your career opportunities

  • Pathology Assistant
  • Specimen Reception Staff

Location options

Admissions

Students must bring their own lab coats, which may be purchased from the Swinburne University bookshop.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

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Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Learn more about RPL

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To be awarded in Certificate III in Pathology Assistance, competency must be achieved in a total of 14 units consisting of eight core and six elective units. 

8
Core units
+
6
Elective units
=
Certificate
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 470

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Communicate and work in health or community services
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
CHCCOM005
Work with diverse people
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CHCDIV001
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
BSBMED301
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
Core unit, 35.0 credit points
HLTINF006
Participate in workplace health and safety
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
HLTWHS001
Receive, prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
Core unit, 15.0 credit points
HLTPAT006
Deliver a service to customers
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBCUS201
Use business technology
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
BSBWOR204
Elective units
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL933001A
Receive and prepare samples for testing
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL953001A
Record and Present Data
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
MSL922001A
Perform aseptic techniques
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
MSL973004A
Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
MSL933004A
Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL933002A

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$4,590

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$1,720

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Learn more about Skills first government subsidies

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Learn more about concession rates

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
August intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
August intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
Upcoming events
Open Day 2024
28-July-2024