HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

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Next intake July 2022
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Werribee Watton Campus
DurationFull-time: 6 months

Course description

If you want to work as a pathology collector this course will teach you how to take blood samples, various swabs and electrocardiograms for patients requiring pathology tests. You will learn infection control, first aid, WHS principles, how to prepare samples for testing, as well as communication and customer service skills. The course includes performing live bleeds in class and out in the industry, giving you real life experience. 

The course is delivered by passionate, industry-based staff. Gordon graduates are well respected and sought after by major pathology companies.

We receive a high number of applications for this course, with only limited places available. When submitting an application you are not guaranteed an offer. Make sure you submit your application on time and aim to make your application really count! Applicants are assessed individually and offers extended accordingly.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Gordon VCE/VCAL students

This course is offered to Gordon VCE/VCAL students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE/VCAL student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE/VCAL studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE/VCAL Students, see Fees section below.

Work placement/industry experience

35 hours of work placement is required in this course. A current Police Check and approved Working with Children Check is required. You will also need Hepatitis B immunisation. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. As per worker vaccination requirements , all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement which is a requirement for completion of this course. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and therefore unable to complete this course.

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

Geelong City Campus: FT - 2 days per week| Monday and Tuesday | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Werribee Campus: FT - 2 days per week | Thursday and Friday | 9.00am - 4.00pm 

Possible career outcomes

  • Pathology specimen collector (Phlebotomist)
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Various positions within the Healthcare industry

How to apply

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2022 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2022 
Class DayStart: 11 Jul 2022
Wed, Thur & Fri - 9am to 3.30pm
Full-time: 6 months  Apply  
2022 July
Werribee Watton Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2022 
Class DayStart: 11 Jul 2022
Mon, Tues & Wed, 9am to 3.30pm
Full-time: 6 months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • Working with Children Check required for industry work placement
  • Police Check (current for the year industry work placement is undertaken within the course)
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • Working with Children Check required for industry work placement
  • Police Check (current for the year industry work placement is undertaken within the course)

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Collect pathology specimens other than blood HLTPAT004 45
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF001 25
Deliver a service to customers BSBCUS201 40
Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection HLTPAT001 35
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Perform venous blood collections HLTPAT002 100
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Perform electrocardiography (ECG) HLTCAR001 90
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18
Receive prepare and dispatch pathology specimens HLTPAT006 15
Recognise healthy body systems HLTAAP001 70
Visit client residence CHCCCS027 50


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Verbal/oral testing
  • Short answer online test
  • Simulated role play
  • Practical demonstration
  • Work placement
FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.74 per hour 638 AUD $472.00 AUD $5,688.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.68 per hour 638 AUD $2,348.00 AUD $5,688.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.26 per hour 638 AUD $8,460.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $280.00
Education Levy AUD $95.70
Administrative AUD $400.00 once
Material AUD $445.00 once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 10/05/2022 4:00:40 PM