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 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 and most technicians in Victorian hospitals work a 4-day week of 10-hour shifts, with 4 weeks holiday a year.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length



Full time: 6 months (3 days per week)

The course has the potential to provide practical placement (approximately 40 hours)

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 position as an operating theatre technician.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • successfully completed Year 12 or be mature aged
  • good communication and English language skills
  • good physical strength and fitness
  • a current National Police Check
  • a Working With Children's Check
  • Healthcare Workers Schedule A immunisations
  • access to a computer 

You are required to attend a scheduled information session.


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 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

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$3,101$5,168$11,317
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$150$150$150
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$3,491$5,558$11,707
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$3,491$5,558$11,707

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 2020 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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