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, along with a week at an off-site private pathology company.
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. Here’s an example of a course program, along with the timetable.
How difficult is the course. Do I need any previous experience or skills?
No, you don’t need any previous experience or qualifications. However, you must have conversational English and a sufficient level of literacy and numeracy to work in a pathology environment.
You’ll need to be able to:
- complete forms accurately
- read and follow instructions
- write reports
- calculate portions and
- estimate costs.
For this training program you’ll also need to be able to use the Internet, complete assignments using word processing software, and be able to learn data entry programs.
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.