Course Code : HLT33115 Duration : 26 Weeks
AQF Level : 3 School : School of Community Services
International Students : Perth Campus International Fees : Click here for more details
CRICOS Code: 093193E

Now you can kickstart a career in Acute Care Assistance as a nursing assistant or a patient service worker within public or private healthcare facilities. Undertaking a Certificate in Health Service Assistance will equip you with the competencies to provide professional health assistance to health staff and to care for patients' needs and wellbeing.

The Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (HSA) course aims to create competent, and knowledgeable nursing support workers who are able to apply medical terminologies, work within a diverse team, ably participate in workplace health & safety, and assist in nursing care, patient care and in transportation.

Successful completion of this course will open pathways for those who wish to continue their education. Graduates will be able to study Diploma of Practice Management , Diploma of Paramedical Science, and Diploma of Nursing.

Nationally accredited by Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, this certification course is a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the graduates will be able to:

• Assess patients' health status and deliver clinical care.
• Clearly communicate with patients and staff.
• Understand the legal and ethical requirements of the organisation.
• Work within a diverse environment.
• Follow workplace health and safety norms with care.
• Transport patients safely.
• Provide First Aid when needed.
• Ably assist nursing and medical staff in an acute care environment.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

26 Weeks

The Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care) comprises a total of 15 units; which include 7 core units.

Core Units


Communicate and work in health or community services


Work with diverse people


Recognise healthy body systems


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Participate in workplace health and safety


Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


Organise personal work priorities and development



Assist with movement


Respond effectively to behaviours of concern


Transport individuals


Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment


Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment


Prepare and maintain beds


Provide individualised support


Provide first aid

International students must have:

•  Satisfactory English Proficiency (Please see English Requirements below)
•  Satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
•  A minimum age of 18+ at the time of course commencement

English Requirements

Candidates must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 overall (Academic) with no less than 5 in individual bands or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) Certificate with a test score of 46 - 59 or equivalent.

The total tuition cost for Certificate 3 in Health Service Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care) is:
International Students: AUD $5,800
To know more about the tuition fees, please contact us on:


From January 1st 2017, the VET FEE-HELP scheme of the Australian Government has been replaced by VET Student Loans. To minimise disruption to existing students, a phased approach is being taken to transition from VET FEE-HELP to the new VET Student Loans program, whereby students wishing to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements will need to opt-in. To know more, please visit .
The VET Student Loans is a loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in higher level vocational education and training courses at approved course providers pay their tuition fees. Access to a VET Student Loan is approved by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


To get a VET Student Loan, you must be an eligible student who is studying an approved course with an approved course provider. You must apply to the government using the approved form, and must confirm your engagement and progression to continue to access the loan throughout your course.

Further details of eligibility are given below:

  • •  You are an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long-term residency requirements, or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

  • •  You have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

  • •  You are enrolled with an approved course provider in an approved course and have enrolled in accordance with the application requirements.

  • •  You are studying the approved course primarily at a campus in Australia.

  • •  Your course meets the course requirements, if it:

    • •  is specified on the VET Student Loans (courses and loan caps) determination (the courses and loan caps determination); and

    • •  delivered by an approved course provider; and

    • •  is a qualification of diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

  • •  You have been assessed by your approved course provider as academically suited to undertake the approved course by either:

    • •  providing your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR

    • •  by providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English); OR

    • •  displaying competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.

    • •  In addition, your approved provider must reasonably believe you show competence in completing the course.

  • •  You meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements.

  • •  You have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or are otherwise exempt.

  • •  You have read the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet

  • •  You have given the required documents to your approved course provider and submitted the loan application form by the first census day no less than two business days after enrolling.


You can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay your tuition fees. For 2017, the FEE-HELP limit is $100,879 for most students. There is no interest charged on HELP debts.
For some students, a 20 per cent loan fee applies to VET Student Loans for full fee paying / fee for service students.


You must start repaying your HELP debt through the tax system once your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying. The threshold is adjusted each year and for the 2016-17 income year it is $54,869 or above.


Please check updated information given in the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet , at this link:

Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on:

Perth Campus

Our campus in Perth City is in the heart of the business district. Transportation and services are only a few minutes away from our campus.

For School of Community Services Student Support:

Institute of Health & Nursing Australia

Corporate Offices (Rosanna)

Tel : 03 9455 4400

Perth Campus

Tel : 08 6212 8200

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

•  Formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
•  Informal learning - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
•  Non-formal learning - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences);
•  A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course. Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

•  Perform tasks or jobs
•  Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process)
•  Provide evidence of your work
•  A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
•  The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

•  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
•  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
•  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
•  Attach these documents with your application.
•  Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to
•  There is an Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

Interested in this course?

Then apply for the Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (HSA) with IHNA.

Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course.

If you require any assistance, please feel free to contact us on: or call us on our TOLL FREE: 1800 2252 83

Online (Blended) Delivery


Jul 03, 2017

Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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Pathways and Careers

After studying the Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (HSA), students can opt for:

•  Diploma of Practice Management
•  Diploma of Nursing
•  Advanced Diploma of Nursing
•  Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care

A successful graduate can work as:

•  Acute Care Assistant
•  Food Services Worker in a Hospital
•  Patient Care Assistant
•  Ward Support
•  Patient Service Assistant
•  Nursing Assistant

87,800 persons were employed as Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Practice Managers visit Job Outlook

Employment level and growth

•  During the next five years leading to November 2019, the number of job openings for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers is expected to be greater than 50,000.
•  In the past five years, employment for this occupation remained relatively steady and it has risen strongly in the last ten years. Looking forward, employment for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.
•  This is a very large occupation (87,800 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
•  Certificate III/IV is the most common level of educational attainment for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers (41.7 per cent).
•  A large majority of Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers are employed in Health Care and Social Assistance.

Information for this occupation (presented as charts and tables), includes employment level and growth.

Pathways and Careers

These data show past and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands). Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

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