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We will teach you how to provide support to nursing staff and ward clerks. You will also give direct care to patients including showering, bathing, hair washing, shaving, mouth and denture care, pressure area and skin, eye and ear care. Assist with toileting, removal and cleaning of bedpans and urinals, repositioning, general ward ambulation and support mobilisation.

The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is recommended for students wishing to enrol in the Diploma of Nursing or those wanting to establish a career in the health services industry. Course details

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Alexandra Hills, Caboolture, Loganlea, South Bank

Key dates and info


Full time: 14 weeks / up to 5 days per week
Blended: Varies / Various workshops

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,675
  • Subsidised $1,075
  • Concession $515

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Morgan Beazle

Vocational placement was amazing

"The teachers at TAFE Queensland Brisbane have all been amazing. They are all lovely and are genuinely interested in seeing every student pass with highest marks possible. Vocational placement was an amazing, hands-on experience. I was surrounded by wonderful, supportive people that were always willing to lend a hand."

Morgan Beazle
Diploma of Nursing

Study nursing at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

As a nurse, you'll work with a team of professional health practitioners in situations where patients put their life in your hands. So make sure your career is in safe hands too, with a Diploma of Nursing from TAFE Queensland Brisbane. After just 18 months you'll be fully qualified in nursing care, patient health analysis and administration, and monitoring medications.

Course snapshot

Key dates

Alexandra Hills 16 Jul 2018 Various workshops Blended
Caboolture 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
Loganlea 16 Jul 2018 Various workshops Blended
South Bank 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirement.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.


Alexandra Hills
Windemere Road
Alexandra Hills QLD 4161

Tallon St
Caboolture QLD 4510

50-68 Armstrong Road
Meadowbrook QLD 4131

South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

Please notify us if you have completed HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and/or HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR.  HLTAID003 is delivered as part of this program and you may be eligible for credit.

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It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


View the timetable. Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 712 007.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 7 core and 8 elective units as well as the Vocational Placement component as per the list below.  Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Elective
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Elective
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
VPC80 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses.

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Full fee

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Mandatory vaccinations

  • Hepatitis B
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough): evidence of vaccination within last 10 years
  • Influenza vaccination is recommended  but not mandatory

A TAFE T shirt (approx. $30).

Safe shoes may need to be purchased.

Provide an Australian Federal Police Certificate indicating that the student has passed the Australian Federal Police (National) Check - $42.00. Please contact the Australian Federal Police on (02) 6206 3333 or visit AFP (NOTE: A state based police check will not be accepted).

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Job prospects

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Orderly
  • Patient support assistant
  • Ward assistant
  • Wardsperson
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Patient Service Attendant
  • Theatre Support
  • Ward Support

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Morgan Beazle

Vocational placement was amazing

"The teachers at TAFE Queensland Brisbane have all been amazing. They are all lovely and are genuinely interested in seeing every student pass with highest marks possible. Vocational placement was an amazing, hands-on experience. I was surrounded by wonderful, supportive people that were always willing to lend a hand."

Morgan Beazle
Diploma of Nursing

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this to TAFE Queensland.

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? You're ready to enrol



Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 6 March 2018

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