Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

Course Code HLT47715

Working in the role of a medical practice assistant requires performing a broad range of administrative functions and identified tasks of a clinical assisting nature. Where appropriate, it requires the provision of client support and guidance in relation to identified treatment issues, as per instruction from the health care practitioner.

Over the five years to November 2020, the number of job openings for medical practice staff who may work in the medical practice assisting role is expected to be average.

It is anticipated that these roles will be more sourced in regional and remote areas where limited assistance is currently available in medical practices. 

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources for each unit of competency.  Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.  Students will also complete any practical skills through work placement.  

Please note: all students are required to attend mandatory block training held in Brisbane. Students must complete theory assessments for specific units of competency within the certificate before block training can be attended.

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course. 

It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting. 

Securing Practical Placement

As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations.  Practical placement must be sourced prior to commencing the units of competency within the qualification that have a practical component.  

Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss practical placement requirements.

Insurance

Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking unpaid work placement as part of their qualification.

Pre-requirements

As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance
  • Immunisations and screening

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects/ Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Observation of practical skills

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency.  Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.

Funding for Queensland Residents

Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification.

 It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party including an employer but cannot be paid or waived by Health Industry Training.

 The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.

Concessional student status applies when:

  • the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  • the student provides Health Industry Training with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • the student is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
  • the student has a disability; or
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

Non-concessional student status applies if:

  • none of the above relates to the student status at the time of enrolment; or
  • the contribution fees are paid by a third-party including employer, or job network provider.

Funding for Tasmanian Residents

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting is available Tasmania’s Apprentice and Trainee Fund (User Choice) funding.  The funding provides subsidies to endorsed RTOs to provide training to help cover the cost of providing quality training and assessment services for nationally-recognised qualifications to Tasmania apprentices and trainees.  

There is no cost for Tasmania’s Apprentice and Traineeship Funding.

Please note: Students who select the elective units in pathology will be required to undertake placement with a Pathology Service in Tasmania.  We anticipate there will be approximately $500 placement fees to be payment to the Pathology Service for practical placement supervision.  

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

Trainer Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through.  You may contact a trainer via phone and e-mail for assistance. Your main support trainer will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

Peer Support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting has been packaged to include:

23 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:

  • 19 core units
  • 4 elective units

The course combines theoretical and practical work placement experience.  The theoretical component of the course provides the student with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical placement experience provides students with the practical knowledge and skills for students to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.

To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.

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Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Other States
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Courses Duration

Maximum 24 months

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Course Fees

Queensland

High Level Skills:

Concession - $690

Non concession - $1380

South Australia

WorkReady - $800

Traineeship - $800

Full Fee Paying

$6000

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Delivery Method

Flexible

Individual needs approach to learning
Mandatory block training
Clinical placement

Prospective
Career Roles

Medical practice assistant

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment

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