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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (WA Only)

  • Qualification:

    Certificate III

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges School of Health (RTO 40049)

  • Location:


  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Ward Assistant | Patient Care Assistant | Nursing Assistant | Wardsperson | View all

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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

About this course

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.


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.

Areas of study

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
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. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, 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.
Open Colleges School of Health is all about putting their students first, allowing you to confidently navigate and complete your studies!

Their support systems will ensure you get the most out of your learning journey. Turn to expert trainers who will discuss course content and assessments; talk through any issues and maintain a positive mindset with their student counselling services; and get help with finicky admin and organising your further study with their student support.

Campus locations

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:

  • Western Australia: Perth

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance from Open Colleges.

Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level nursing assistant and support worker positions in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices, and home and community care services.

Curious about where a career in health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges School of Health offers affordable payment options to help you start your studies sooner.

  • Upfront payment
  • Eligible students may be to apply for the WorkReady SA Funding to cover part of their fees
  • Payment plans may be available for eligible Open Colleges School of Health students, depending on course selection and state funding availability

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