C3199 - Certificate III in Pathology

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Plan: C3199 - Certificate III in Pathology
Campus: Wodonga


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate III in Pathology
Qualification national code: HLT32607
Nominal hours: 378
Career: TAFE
Duration: Part time over semester 1 & 2 (7 months duration)
Location: RMIT City Campus Building 51
Owning school: Life & Physical Sciences (155T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/lifephysicalsciences
Partnered offering / Corporate client: not applicable
CRICOS code:

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Objectives of the program

The overall purpose and intention of the program features ensure you develop the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate the:

  • safe collection and handling of a range of pathology specimens
  • safe performance of venepuncture procedures
  • provision of care and comfort for individuals undergoing pathology collection procedures
  • application standard precautions to control cross-infection and safely dispose of infectious waste
  • completion and interpretation of documents relevant to pathology collection
  • provision of effective services when dealing with internal and external customers and clients

This qualification covers workers who undertake the collection of blood and other pathology specimens.  It should be noted that this qualification does not cover collection of a range of specimens for specialized testing, collection of arterial blood gases or team leadership and training.


The program has been developed in consultation with the Pathology Industry. 

July 2010 deregulation in licence restriction has resulted in multiple pathology collection centres opening across Victoria.  It is anticipated  there will be a skill shortage of qualified,certified Pathology Collectors. 

The program prepares graduates for success in local  and global professional and community contexts throughout their careers.  Articulation arrangements for students to broaden and strengthen their skill base where possible in studying at Certificate 111,IV and Diploma levels in Pathology testing and Science,Allied Health and Nursing. 

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Articulation and pathways


You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Pleasecheck with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you havegraduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of the Cert III in Pathology (collection),you may  be eligible to undertake further studies in the Certificate 111 Dental Assisting,Certificate IV Health (Nursing)or Certificate IV Allied Health at RMIT University.




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Entrance requirements

Entry Prerequisites

Successful completion of literacy skills equivalent to NRS Level 4, numeracy skills to NRS Level 3.

English Language Skills:

It is anticipated students undertaking studies in this course will have the following English language skills in:


  • ability to complete forms or write notes using factual or personal information
  • ability to produce and sequence paragraphs according to the purpose
  • ability to communicate complex relationships between ideas and match style of writing to the purpose and audience
  • ability to generate written documents reflecting a range of styles and using appropriate structure and layout
  • ability to read and interpret complex written material to determine meaning
  • ability to interpret written material which include some ambiguity where the reader needs to distinguish fact from opinion and infer purpose
  • ability to interpret and extrapolate from written materials containing visual data which is abstract and technically presented in graphic,diagrammatic,formatted or visual form
Oral Communication:
  • ability to give and receive factual information or personal details for the purpose of exchanging or obtaining goods and services or gathering/providing information
  • ability to participate in interpersonal communication situations,demonstrating flexible use of a range of interactional strategies for the purpose of establishing,maintaining and developing relationships;exploring issues or problem solving
  • ability to listen for relevant information during oral communication situations and extract main ideas and most details

Numeracy Skills: It is anticipated that students undertaking studies in this course will have the following numeracy skills:
  • ability to locate relevant mathematical information
  • ability to select and use straightforward mathematical information
  • ability to use oral and written informal and formal language,symbols and diagrams to communicate mathematically
Students may be directed to supplementary learning support activities to assist them to gain the necessary skill levels for participation in the course. 
An Interview will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the health care industry and the role of the Pathology Specimen Collector.
Additionally students are required as part of their professional obligations to clients,colleagues and the community to be aware of their general health status including their immunisation status for infectious diseases.  Students will be required to conform to the School's Policy on Student immunization and Screening.



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External accreditation and industry links

Professional recognition
This qualification is nationally recognised and endorsed with the external accreditation body

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)


The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) is the national set of standards which assures nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training system.  Further information on the AQTF is found at:







Pathology Industry consultation occurs bi-annually with RMIT to ascertain the future status and professional recognition of the Pathology Collector .

There is no license required.





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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.


The Certificate 111 in Pathology compliments the  Higher Education Point of Care Patient Testing (PoCPT) elective ONPS2425.

RMIT has "mapped' many of these competencies and their assessment against equivalent courses in the three programs,BP147 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine, MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine or GD102 Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine .  If you are a local (ie: Australian) student and you are also enrolled in the BP147,MC158 or GD102 and have chosen to enrol in the Certificate III in Pathology, complete the required assessment and receive a Certificate on completion,you will be required to pay fees for enrolment in the Certificate 111 in Pathology program.
Your fees will depend on whether you are eligible for a Government Funded place (Victorian Training Guarantee).

Please see the RMIT Tafe online eligibility requirements for Certificate III in Pathology Collection and link to the online calculator.


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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.


Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.


Other Resources

 To successfully participate in the activities of the program students require access to: 

  • computers for word processing of documents
  • the internet for the purpose of collecting information and completing the online learning experiences
  • RMIT student email for the purpose of communicating with staff and students within the course.
RMIT student/staff email is the official medium of formal communication between RMIT staff and students. Students are expected to check their emails frequently.
The SET Portfolio has learning centres located in Building 51 on levels 4,6 and 8 (City Campus) to facilitate student access to these resources. Building 51,level 4, room 2 (51.4.2) 51.6.22 51.8.06 51.8.03 As well as access to Buildings 56,level 4 and 10.13.07 as part of the SEH College.
Students will be required to participate in an IT Induction session following which they must complete the IT Usage Agreement to enable them to use the IT resources of the Portfolio.  Where students have previously completed this induction session during the academic year in which they are undertaking this course,they must provide to the student manager, evidence of this participation to enable them to be exempted from this activity.


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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