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 myChisholm, 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 myChisholm, 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.

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.

Students 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.

Course code
Delivery location
Berwick, Frankston
Not available for International students
Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
23 January, 17 July (Berwick) 24 January, 17 July (Frankston)

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

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.