Course Title: Receive and prepare pathology specimens

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: ONPS5268C

Course Title: Receive and prepare pathology specimens

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: 10

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

This unit can be delivered and assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other pathology units of competency encouraged

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to receive and prepare a range of samples for pathology testing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPAT301B Receive and prepare pathology specimens


Collect, sort and deliver reports

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Deliver confidential reports within acceptable timeframes


Dispatch specimens

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check specimens to ensure they are appropriately secured for dispatch
2.2 Dispatch specimens to relevant department in accordance with organization policies and procedures


Process specimens for scientific testing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Process specimens for diagnostic testing in accordance with scientist//pathologist instructions workplace health and safety guidelines.
3.2 Operate and maintain equipment in accordance with organization policies and procedures
3.3 Follow infection control guidelines during processing of specimens
3.4 Enter data on specimens into database in accordance with organization policies and procedures


Receive specimens.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Receive and process specimens as required by organization policies and procedures
4.2 Check documentation for accuracy and legality to ensure that mandatory labeling requirements are complete
4.3 Reject specimens in accordance with organization policies and procedures
4.4 Affix barcode labels to request forms and specimens
4.5 Confirm requirements for specimen processing in accordance with organization policies and procedures.
4.6 Follow infection control and workplace safety protocols relating to the safe handling of specimens
4.7 Maintain records of non-conformities in accordance with organization policies and procedures
4.8 Follow the organization’s procedures for information recording

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

1.Teacher Lead activities
. Using workplace scenarios, participate in simulations/role plays/case studies dealing with:
• Specimen handling
• Specimen processing
• Storage requirements

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


Other Resources

Mc Call,R & Tankersley,C (2003) Phlebotomy Essentials,3rd Ed. Philadelphia,USA: Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins Publishers
Per Perform Blood Collection course guide and Certificate III In Pathology Specimen Collection 2009 Program Handbook
RMIT Library –Pathology Specimen Collection Library resource folder

RMIT Learning Hub Blackboard for this course and Collect Specimens other than Blood.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based upon classroom participation

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 handling, processing & storage requirements of:
• Blood
• Urine
• Faeces
• Swabs
• Tissue samples
• Body fluids
• Smears
• Sputum

2. Written Assignment

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

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

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course may  be  taught and assessed with courses:

 Collect specimens other than blood

 Perform Blood Collection

Perrom Electrocardiography

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