About the course

About the course

Learn the required skills and knowledge to work in the fast paced role of an operating theatre technician in our health services assistance course.

Theatre technicians are a vital part of the perioperative team who look after patients before, during and after an operation. As a theatre technician, you work closely with the doctors and nurses in the operating theatre. You’re responsible for the patient's safety and comfort while they are in the operating room, as well as setting up and monitoring the technology needed to support the surgeon.

During this health course, you will learn skills to:

  • transfer patients to a theatre
  • move them safely onto the operating table
  • attach various pieces of essential equipment
  • interact with the surgical team to ensure the patient’s journey is smooth, safe and comfortable

Theatre technician roles are physical and fast paced.  Due to the context of the role, most technicians in Victorian hospitals work 10 hour shifts across a 4 day week. 

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and August

Full time: 6 months (3 days per week)

This is a blended delivery course incorporating scheduled online theory classes using Microsoft Teams, and on campus practical classes within our simulated hospital environment. You will also undertake regular practical classes within real operating theatres with one of our industry partners. 

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for a position as an operating theatre technician.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • good communication and English language skills
  • good physical strength and fitness

Prior to attending placement you must have:

  • a current National Police Check
  • a Working With Children's Check
  • Healthcare Workers Schedule A immunisations


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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion enables you to apply for further training to become a senior 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

NOTE: applicants utilising Free-TAFE will still incur a tuition fee of $2,611.70 for the operating theatre technician speciality.

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$1,082$5,411$17,875
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$150$150$150$150
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$399$1,481$5,810$18,274
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$399$1,481$5,810$18,274

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 15 units (including 7 core and 8 electives)

In addition, you will be offered 40 hours of work placement with one of your hospital partners. This opprtunity is organised by our placement coordinator and takes place at the end of your course. 

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