Course Title: Collect pathology specimens other than blood

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: ONPS5267C

Course Title: Collect pathology specimens other than blood

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3199 - Certificate III in Pathology

Course Contact : Katie Fox

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4129

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Catherine (Katie) Fox

+61 3 99254129

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

  • 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.

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPAT304B Collect pathology specimens other than blood


Care for client

Performance Criteria:

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


Label and store specimens for transportation

Performance Criteria:

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


Perform procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 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
3.5 Follow organization guidelines for safe handling of pathology specimens/non pathology specimens.
3.6 Adopt standard and additional precautions and seek assistance as required.
3.7 Follow appropriate procedures for collection of sample
3.8 Follow OHS guidelines relating to disposal of equipment


Receive request for collection of pathology specimens.(s)

Performance Criteria:

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

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Lead activities
1. Using workplace scenarios, participate in simulations/role plays/case studies dealing with non-blood specimen collections including: 
Communication of instructions to patient/client 
OHS & infection control 
Client Care 
Handling & preparing specimens for transportation

Student Centered Activities
2. Participate in 2 week practical placement,

( where employed in Pathology Collection)
Participate in workplace job activities related to elements of this competency.

Teaching Schedule

semester 1 & 2

per timetable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Warekois: A Phlebotomy Worktext


Per Perform Blood Collection course guide and Certificate III In Pathology Specimen Collection 2009 Program Handbook
RMIT Library –Pathology Specimen Collection Library resource folder

Mc Call,R & Tankersley,C (2003) Phlebotomy Essentials,3rd Ed. Philadelphia,USA: Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins Publishers

Other Resources

RMIT learning HUB Blackboard resources for this course


HLTPAT301B Recieve and Prepare Pathology Specimens

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

Assessment Tasks

1. Practical assessment on Teacher – led activities and student – centred activities including non-blood specimen collections.

2.Written short answer test on non-blood specimen collections including:
• Saliva
• Sputum
• Urine
• Semen
• Stool
• Swabs
• Skin scraping
• Breath
• Aspirates

3. Perform elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during one or more of the following:
a. Simulated workplace scenarios
b. Workplace/Practical placement

Assessment Matrix

Written Assignment/short answer test
Observed –
a. On-campus in the simulated health setting
b.Off-campus on-the job

Where for reasons of safety, space, or access to equipment and resources, the assessment take place away from the workplace, the assessment environment should represent workplace conditions as closely as possible.

Authenticated Logbook/portfolio with supporting evidence from Supervisor(s) of relevant work experience, formal/informal learning.

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