Understand how to collect and process pathology samples

If you would like to work in pathology as a specimen collector (phlebotomist) 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.

This course follows a flipped classroom methodology, where students are exposed to learning content online via Moodle, prior to on campus tutorial to consolidate key concepts.
The classes are a mix of theoretical learning and practical application of skills that they will use in workplace situations once graduated.
Classroom learning is supported by online content which the student access via Moodle, with an expectation that this is completed every week before commencement of Lab based activities.  
The assessment of several units is undertaken in Chisholm’s Pathology lab which is set up to mimic a pathology collection environment.

When required, theory classes are delivered via zoom, with full student’s participation. Required on campus labs are completed at reduced capacity to maintain density requirements

This qualification reflects the role of pathology specimen collectors. Workers in this role follow known routines and procedures, taking responsibility for their own work under general supervision. They combine communication, customer service and technical skills, and use discretion and judgment to adapt and transfer their skills to different situations.

They need to have good written and verbal communication skills and enjoy interacting with others.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete at least 35 hours of work placement.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.   

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes.  Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.  

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements.  Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host.  Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.  

Students will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus or going on placement.  Visit our Coronavirus page for up-to date information

If you have any queries regarding the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or enquiries@chisholm.edu.au.

Course code
Delivery location
Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
January, July 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.