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Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

National Course Code: HLT47715

TAFE NSW Course Number: HLT47715-01V01

Nominal Hours: 983

Full Fee: $10,450
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,320

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

This qualification reflects the role of medical practice assistants whose work includes a broad range of administrative functions combined with tasks to support medical practitioners in the delivery of care to clients. These tasks are completed under the direct or indirect supervision of a medical practitioner.

A medical practice assistant may work under the supervision of a health care professional other than a medical practitioner, but this should only occur where:
the health care professional is in the same practice as the medical practitioner and
the medical practitioner has agreed to the other health care professional providing the supervision

A registered nurse must accept or refuse responsibility for supervision of an activity of a medical practice assistant, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)Decision-making framework. An enrolled nurse cannot provide supervision.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Medical Practice Assisting qualification will require the completion of work place assessment task(s) in a relevant work place setting for the following units listed below:
• HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
• HLTINF002-Procees reusable medical devices & equipment

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
• Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements;
• Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
• Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

2. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

The units which make up the OTEN-based, HLT47715-Certficate IV in Medical Practice Assisting qualification, require the completion of relevant work placement assessment tasks in line with the relevant unit and course HLT National Training Packaging Authority requirements. It is an important and integral part of a student’s continuing learning process & enables the student {under the supervised guidance and direction of a nominated work place Supervisor and/or Manager} to apply the theoretical knowledge previously learnt.

The procurement of an appropriate work place environment, relevant resources and Supervisor/Manager remains the responsibility of the student. Units of the HLT47715-Certficate IV in Medical Practice Assisting qualification which may require the completion of work place assessment task(s) in a relevant work place setting include:
• HLTCAR001-Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
• HLTHPS001-Take clinical measurements
• HLTINF002-Procees reusable medical devices & equipment

All pre-work placement checks and relevant documentation MUST be undertaken by the student PRIOR to the commencement of work placement. Students who are uncertain of any documentary requirements should approach the work place Supervisor to ascertain such pre-work placement documentary requirements and may include:
• National Criminal Record Check requirements
• Immunisation & Infectious Diseases Screening
• Working with Children’s Check

There is a variety of roles and organisations which would be appropriate to do this placement with. These include (but are not limited to):
• Hospital settings (both Private & Public)
• Aged Care settings
• Medical Practices
• Outpatient Clinics
• Community Services Organisations (NGO’s)

You can commence your work placement at any time throughout the course; however we encourage you to complete at least the first six (6) units of the course, as this will enable you to gain a strong & robust competency of the foundation skills of the course and the health & community services care services industry. You can contact us to discuss the appropriateness of a specific organisation.

Students who are currently working in an appropriate role/organisation can use their current workplace to complete assignments. We ask that you liaise with and co-ordinate your work placement with your work place Supervisor and clinical staff to ensure you have the appropriate clinical and organisational support to enable you to successfully complete the individual exercises contained within the course work placement-logbook.

For each unit that has a workplace component, it is important that you first complete the theory aspect before commencing the workplace assessments to ensure that you have the necessary underpinning knowledge to take with you to the workplace. This ensures the duty of care owed to vulnerable clients as well as your own safety and welfare.

Identifying and arranging a work placement is the responsibility of the student. Students are advised to allow plenty of time to make these arrangements. It is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that the assessment requirements can be met in the workplace.

For further details about TAFENSW Student responsibility relating to their student work placement, please visit the TAFENSW page: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/understanding-course-fees/rights-and-responsibilities. We would also invite you to contact Health Services @ OTEN on P: 9715-8229 or via CertIVmpa@tafensw.edu.au for further information & details.

CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTHPS002 Support health professional in the delivery of care
BSBMED303 Maintain patient records
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTHPS001 Take clinical measurements
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
BSBINM401 Implement workplace information system
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTHPS005 Handle medical specimens
BSBADM307 Organise schedules
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTADM004 Manage health billing and accounting system
HLTHPS003 Maintain medication stocks
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAID008 Manage first aid services and resources
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBMED302 Prepare and process medical accounts
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTCAR001 Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

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Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 241 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,990
Second qualification$2,320
Non-government subsidised fee$10,450

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

To enrol in this course please click on the Enrol Now button. You may also enrol over the phone by calling TAFE Digital on 131 241.

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