If you are looking to take the first step towards a health services career, this is the course for you, as it offers a complete introduction to what the industry is all about while providing the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to thrive in your dream role. If that’s not enough, just ask those who have taken the course already, as 89.7% of graduates report being satisfied with their training.
What is the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance?
The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at TAFE covers a broad range of technical, procedural, and factual information essential for any successful career in health services assistance. This includes learning to understand medical terminology, recognising healthy body systems, and assisting with acute care nursing, as well as getting up to speed on work, health, and safety requirements, such as complying with policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control. Better yet, you will also get to sharpen your skills and knowledge in a real-world setting via a 120 hour practical work placement.
Skills you will gain
The following are just some of the many skills you can expect to gain:
- Clear communication
- Knowledge of medical terminology
- Good listening skills
- The ability to recognise healthy body systems
- Sharp attention to detail
- The ability to stay calm in an acute care setting
- High-level organisation
How long does it take?
You can choose to study a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance online or in-class, as well as part or full time at a pace that suits you, which will obviously impact how long it takes to complete your studies. According to the latest Australian Government data, students typically take an average of 6 months to complete this course.
Jobs in health services
Graduates will emerge ready for a wide range of roles, with 65.4% currently employed in positions related to Community and Personal Support Work. The following are just some of the many paths your career could take;
- Patient Support Attendant
- Assistant in Nursing
- Environmental Services Attendant
- Health Services Assistant
- Support Orderly
What other courses can it lead to?
A Certificate III in Health Services Assistance can lead to all kinds of learning opportunities, which is likely why 39.9% of graduates are currently enrolled in further study. For instance, if you have a strong interest in nutrition, a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics) could be a natural next step, while a Certificate III in Pathology, a Patient Care Assistant course, or even Assistant in Nursing courses provide a great way to build upon your skill set. Those looking to advance into management roles should consider a Diploma of Practice Management, where you will master all of those crucial behind the scenes responsibilities, such as operational planning, staff management, and legal compliance.
Are you ready to take the next step in your journey? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up and get started today!