Certificate III in Health Administration

National Code: HLT37315
TAFE SA Code: TP00841


As we look towards the future, a strong and resilient healthcare system is essential for both social and economic development. If you want a career defined by helping others, this nationally recognised qualification in health administration will allow you to learn the hands-on skills and fundamental knowledge you need to succeed in the sector.

Studying in a supportive environment, you’ll learn the skills to support people within a health or medical environment in a health administration role. You’ll learn medical terminology, basic business skills, customer service, patient record management, and technical skills to work independently in health or community services.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Medical Administrative Officer

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  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
This course is recommended for those wanting to work in health administration in a health or medical environment.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is either a blend of virtual online classes or face to face classes. You must attend all scheduled classes at locations and times outlined in your information session conducted by lecturers.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will learn the hands-on skills and fundamental knowledge to work in this role and sector. You will need computer skills to be able to navigate and use online content.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need access to a computer and the internet.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Medical receptionist/records officer in a GP clinic, hospital and specialist allied health environment.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Health Administration (HLT37315)
    The course includes understanding the role and responsibility of a ward/admissions clerk, developing/refining customer service skills, working with patients and other health care workers from diverse backgrounds and patient record management. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 8 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply the principles of confidentiality, privacy and security within the medical environment 20
    Design and produce business documents 80
    Design and produce spreadsheets 35
    Maintain patient records 20
    Organise workplace information 30
    Prepare and process medical accounts 30
    Respond effectively to behaviours of concern 20
    Write simple documents 30
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