About the course

About the course

Do you want to make a difference to the experience of hospital patients? Get started in this rewarding career with our health services course. In this health course you will learn the skills and knowledge to work as a health services assistant in a hospital. 

In this health course, you’ll prepare for direct client contact and care under supervision. You will gain knowledge and practical skills in typical work tasks including:

  • anatomy and medical terminology
  • maintain infection control
  • make and maintain patient beds
  • move patients within the hospital setting
  • clean and maintain wards
  • serve patient meals

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 6 months (3 days per week 9am-4pm)

You will attend scheduled practical placement organised by Box Hill Institute. 


For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for a range of career opportunities as a health service assistant in both private and public hospitals.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • good spoken English
  • good communication skills
  • a current National Police Check
  • a Working With Children Check
  • Healthcare Workers 'Schedule A' immunisations
  • Access to a computer

You also need to attend a scheduled information session. You must also attend a group interview.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will give you to a range of further study options in nursing, allied health, assistant in nursing or operating theatre technician.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$293$1,465$6,115
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$150$150$150
Retain Course Items$100$100$100
Total Course Estimate$783$1,955$6,605
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$783$1,955$6,605

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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