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HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Pathology specimen collectors (Phlebotomists) are vital members of a pathology laboratory team. They need considerable technical expertise, along with good interpersonal skills. Their role includes collecting blood and other specimens from both hospital patients and external clients for pathology testing.

This course provides valuable skills, knowledge and practical experience to anyone who wants to pursue a career in the interactive, flexible and challenging world of pathology specimen collection (phlebotomy).

The course covers:

  • procedure for collecting blood specimens by venipuncture
  • procedures for handling and transporting pathology specimens
  • standard additional precautions
  • communicating in the workplace
  • complying with infection control policies and procedures
  • collecting pathology specimens other than blood
  • identifying and responding to clinical risks associated with pathology specimen collection
  • quality assurance.

Entry requirements 

Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.

When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:

  1. 1. addressing the following three criteria:

  • What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?

  • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?

  • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the Pathology collection program?

  1. 2.  details of your work history and voluntary experience

  2. 3. details of any prior education, including copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.


Applicants that address the defined criteria as published and whose answers are clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

  2. 1. To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program. 

  3.  2. Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview, and complete a writing assessment at Mater Education. 

Immunisations and blue card:

As a Pathology Collection Student you’ll need to obtain a criminal history check prior to commencement. 
You also need to  provide proof of immunity (or that you’ve started vaccination) for:

  • hepatitis B

  • influenza (seasonal)

  • varicella (Chicken pox)

  • MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella)

  • pertussis (whooping cough).

    You need a Blue Card for all clinical placements, which is free to students. We will discuss this with you if you progress to an interview, but if you have any questions about these requirements simply contact us for more information.

Apply now for January 2018

Duration & dates

Vocational experience will be 50 hours acquired over a two-week period. Part of the course involves self-directed study, but tutorials will be available to help you with your learning.

July intake

12 July 2017 — 8 December 2017 (Orientation 12 July 2017)
Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays, with either Tuesday or Wednesday for skills practice.

See course timetable here.

October intake

03 October 2017 — April 2018 (Orientation 3 October)
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with either Thursday or Friday for skills practice.
Note: classes will break from 11 December 2017 until 22 January 2018.

See course timetable here.



Full Fee-paying student—$3700  RPL
Certificate III Guarantee—$1152 * 
Certificate III Guarantee with Concession—$606*

* Certificate III eligibility requirements

This course is Centrelink approved.

Additional costs:

As part of your enrolment you may need to buy:

  • closed-in black shoes

  • black tailored pants or a knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets). You will be provided with a Mater Education student polo shirt

You’ll also be responsible for any expenses relating to demonstrating immunity or vaccination and Criminal History Checks.

Cancellation and refund policy

Vocational Placements

Vocational placement consolidates your knowledge within the real or simulated healthcare environment by giving you the opportunity to apply theory to practice. It happens at the end of the semester at one of Mater’s collection centres.

Placement is 50 hours over two weeks at the end of the course. There is the possibility of additional placement and or simulation if course requirements are not met.

Although every attempt is made to send students to a collection centre near to where they live it is not always possible so some travel may be required.

Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the course you’ll receive a HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection that will carry the Nationally Recognised Training logo.

Should you leave the course before you complete it, you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment for any units of competence you’ve completed.

Expression of Interest for next available intake


Where is the course held?
The course is delivered onsite at Mater Education’s South Brisbane campus.
You’ll need to attend vocational placement, which means you will be learning in the workplace as a part of your training. This will be at either Mater Pathology (Mater Hospital Brisbane) or a Mater Pathology Collection Centre.

While Mater Pathology will try to arrange a vocational placement as close to your residential address as possible (after consulting with you), all placements will be at its discretion.
Placements will be in Queensland only.

 Is the course available part-time or online?

No. You must attend all lectures and vocational placement to successfully complete the course. However, there are online self-directed learning modules.

Is there a course program?
Yes. Refer to the Duration and Dates section for timetable information.
Will I get a job?

While Mater Pathology gives you the skills and knowledge to obtain a job at the end of this course, it doesn’t provide an employment placement service.
How do we practise taking blood?
It’s all done with "manikin" (artificial) arms.
What should I do if I have any other questions?
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us

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