Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport: What Does it Teach?

Why study the Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport?

The HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Client Transport (superseded by the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport) is a qualification if you are interested in becoming an Ambulance Transport Officer (ATO), Patient Transport Officer (PTO) or Patient Transfer Attendant (PTA).

The HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport qualification is designed to provide students with basic training required to effectively transport and care for patients in non-urgent situations. In most cases, the transport of the patient is pre-arranged or booked ahead of time. An example of this kind of transport is hospital-to-hospital transfer or transportation of an aged care resident to the hospital for a scheduled procedure.

These patients, while not in emergency medical situations, still require basic clinical monitoring and supervised care whilst being transported.

What is the difference between a Certificate III (Patient Transport) and Certificate IV in Health Care?

Non-emergency patient transport services are in high demand. These services are usually pre-arranged and are provided for those who require clinical monitoring or assistance but do not need an emergency paramedic to respond.

The Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport is a nationally recognised qualification, which means no matter where you live in Australia, the training outcomes can be used to secure employment. As you can see, there is a wide range of topics, to cover off on most of your activities as a Patient Transport Officer.

The Certificate IV in Health Care is the next level up in certifications, meaning you will learn more about health care, and be qualified to apply for more pre-hospital health care jobs, such as an Event Medic or an Industrial/Construction medic.

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About the Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia, we can help you to achieve your paramedical goals.

Our nationally recognised paramedical training programs provide a flexible and affordable training pathway to employment in the private sector, or as a stepping stone to university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. APC offers you the opportunity to become a Paramedic/Medic, regardless of your educational background. We believe you should still pursue your goals even if your school or college grades are not what they could have been.

We live in a time where anything is possible if you choose you put your mind to it. With advances in online learning methodology and teaching techniques, it’s now easier than ever to fit study around your lifestyle. There is no reason why you can not follow your dreams and become that person who saves lives and contributes to the well-being of the community.

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