About the course

About the course

This course will teach you the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to health professionals involved in the care of clients and involves direct client contact under supervision.

Within this program you will also develop a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge relating to infection prevention and control, workplace health and safety, client movement, cultural diversity, workplace organisation and communication.

Course Details


Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm


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Entry Requirements & Applications

This program can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program in Year 11 and 12.


You may wish to apply for entry into other health programs such as the HLT43015 – Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance or HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing.

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities including:

  • patient care assistant
  • patient services assistant
  • ward assistant
  • allied health assistant

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of one unit at Units 1 and 2 level, and a minimum of three units at Units 3 and 4 level.
  • Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the fourth study score in the primary four scaled studies).
  • ATAR: Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Health must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student’s best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.
  • The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
  • Further information can be found on the VTAC website

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA mandates a minimum of 80 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

You will receive a Box Hill Institute polo which is to be worn during practical sessions and your structured workplace learning requirements.

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