The Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport is a popular entry-level qualification needed to work in the health care industry driving patients to and from medical facilities.
Working in patient transport means you’re doing something different every day. You could be assisting a patient who has collapsed at a sporting event and requires off-site medial attention; then you’re back on-road taking patients to a waiting aircraft, where they will be flown to a location where more advanced clinical care is available.
This is the appeal of the rapidly-expanding patient transport sector. Every day is different from the next. You get to meet new and interesting people, travel to and from different locations; and enjoy a varied working day to keep you interested, stimulated and challenged.
Whilst the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport doesn’t provide the same level of knowledge as the HLT41115-Certificate IV in Health Care (replaced by the new HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care) or the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedic Science;(replaced by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) what you will study helps you become good at your job, and creates the opportunity to keep on learning.
Patient transport training offers a pathway into the out-of-hospital health care system; and it’s one of the most popular training courses. One of the reasons for the popularity is once you have some experience, upgrading to the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care can really open up the career opportunities. With a diploma, you can choose from the following careers in emergency health care response.
Practical experience transporting real patients is not included in this course. However, you will be driving an ambulance during the 3 day clinical workshop; as well as transporting fellow students who will role-play being your patient. The driving scenarios help you become skilled at loading and unloading patients in and out of the ambulance – in a safe manner. This is one of the most important parts of the job. The security, safety and comfort of your patient(s) is your number one priority.
To get as much experience under your belt as possible, we recommend doing voluntary work to build your confidence. This is the perfect way to meet companies and organisations who provide patient transport services.
Doing so can help grow your network of employers and dramatically improve your chances of securing work when you complete the course. There are many organisations responsible for coordinating and providing basic First Aid officers through to patient transport activities.
When you choose to study the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care with, you’ll be learning the latest, in-demand skills, procedures and processes are being used daily by Paramedics and emergency health care clinicians.
As you’re new to the industry and still looking for evidence that the training is relevant, we’ve made it even easier to understand by creating a typical emergency call-out scenario, whereby each Unit of Competency you’ll study is mapped to the day-to-day activities you’ll complete out in the community.
We’ve mapped each of the study topics to the different stages of the call-out. Study units begin with HLT and each of the topic are made up of tasks and activities. Each task describes what you’ll be expected to do to achieve competency in the unit. This will hopefully reveal to you just how relevant this training is; and why you can feel confident choosing the diploma as the entry pathway into practicing emergency medicine.
The HLT31115 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transfer has been superseded by the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, will ensure you develop the required skills required to enter the health care industry as a Patient Transport Officer.
To give you an idea of how what you’ll learn in this course is exactly what you’ll be expected to do out in the field, the following units of competency apply to the tasks and activities.
You’ve just received your first patient transport booking for the day. Here’s how your training prepares you to for every scenario when working out in the community.
The 3 day face-to-face workshop means you get to learn from industry experts and trainers. You’ll also meet other students, work in teams and take part in practical demonstrations and scenarios. You’ll have access to skills stations where you’ll learn how to use and dispose of needles safely and carry out basic patient care. You will have your questions answered by clinically trained and experienced instructors/trainers who are available to take your calls and answer any questions you may have.
One of the biggest decisions on whether this course is a good investment is to find a job at the end of it.
We all want to create a better life for ourselves, find a great job and be happy in in what we do. Although no one can guarantee you a job, the patient transport industry is on-the-move. Private patient transport companies such as NPT in Victoria, are expanding their services to NSW and Western Australia; as well as developing new opportunities in Queensland. No matter where you live in Australia, if you love the idea of driving every day, meeting new people and making a difference – patient transport is a good option.
With this in mind, we have added links to real Patient Transport and Ambulance Attendant jobs that have been previously advertised on the online jobs website SEEK.com.au. Some of these jobs may be older, however, they do show the requirements of the job as well as how much you can earn.
Click here to apply to study the Certificate III. Apply to study the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patent Transport.
Even though there are limited entry requirements, you’re expected to be able to read and write English, as well as being confident using computers and conducting researching online.