Course Title: Collect pathology specimens other than blood

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3199 Certificate III in Pathology

Course Title: Collect pathology specimens other than blood

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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Course Contact: Katie Fox

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4129

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Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow procedures for collection of pathology specimens other than blood from clients and clients for pathology testing.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

  • Reading and writing skills –literacy competence required to fulfill job roles in a safe manner as specified by the organization.
  • The level of skill may range from the ability to understand symbols used in OHS signs, to reading and interpreting requests for pathology specimens and completing appropriate documentation.
  • Literacy support available in the workplace may vary from having access to support or assistance from expert/mentor/supervisor, or to having communication supports available.
  • Literacy may be required in English or a community language, depending on client group. Use oral communication skills and language competence required to fulfill job roles in a safe manner as specified by the organization.
  • Assessors should look for skills in asking questions, providing clear information, listening to and understanding workplace instructions, and clarifying workplace instructions when necessary. Organizations may require competence in English or a community language, depending on client group.
  • Use numeracy skills that may range from the ability to complete basic arithmetic, calculations, weighing and measuring requirements to recording data.
  • Use problem solving skills required including ability to use available resources
  • Holistic assessment practice with other pathology units of competency is encouraged.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPAT304C Collect pathology specimens other than blood


Care for client
1.1 Position client correctly and make comfortable
1.2 Monitor client during and on completion of collection procedure to identify potential adverse outcomes

Perform procedure

Explain procedure to client and obtain consent in accordance with legal and organization requirements.
3.2 Follow infection control guidelines
3.3 Use personal protective equipment safely.
3.4 Use collection and clinical equipment safely
Follow organization guidelines for safe handling of pathology specimens/non pathology specimens.
Adopt standard and additional precautions and seek assistance as required.
Follow appropriate procedures for collection of sample
Follow OHS guidelines relating to disposal of equipment

Label and store specimens for transportation
2.1 Label specimens in accordance with ISO 9000 or the National Australian Testing Authority.
2.2 Process and store specimens correctly
2.3 Contain specimens appropriately for transport.
2.4 Report specimens ready for transportation

Receive request for collection of pathology specimens.(s)

4.1 Assess request to determine equipment required and other special requirements.
4.2 Identify precise nature and requirements of the test request
4.3 Collect relevant clinical and personal information by interview of client and document correctly.
4.4 Ensure pre-test criteria are met.
4.5 Refer pathology requests to supervisor if required.
4.6 Use of pathology collection manuals correctly
4.7 Select and prepare equipment and appropriate collection containers

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required in collection of non-blood specimens
To understand and respond to instructions, carrying out collection of specimens other than blood

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based upon classroom participation

Written assignment to assess knowledge

Written short answer test on anatomy and physiology relevant to non-blood specimen collections

Participation and discussion on a range of study and practical placement (or workplace) issues and strategies to contribute to best practice

Interview and questioning

Performance of elements of competence ,clinical skills involving direct client care as designated for this unit to the required standard during one or more of the following:
- Simulated workplace scenarios
- On the job off-campus workplace/practical placement