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Certificate IV in Preparation for Health & Nursing Studies


Working in the health industry can be an extremely rewarding experience and one that can guide your career into new opportunities. Having a qualification in Health Service Assistance will qualify you to work as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) in hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities, and other areas that require an extra set of hands. Having a Cert IV qualification will provide you with entrance requirements into most universities. 


If you're interested in studying health science at university - then this is a great starting point for your career goals. As this course has been designed to give you a foundational knowledge of your first-year university subjects, you will be guided through science subjects like human biology, chemistry, and physics. You'll also be taught about diseases across the world, and use this knowledge to help identify human body imbalances through the use of case studies and scenarios. Finally, we add to your skill level by teaching you about communicating at the university level with skills such as referencing, improving study habits, and creating your university schedule.

Using up to date technology, guest speakers, in-class experiments and engaging practices - this hands-on qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to understand and explain the human body, its functions, capabilities, and limitations. ​

Units Included

52831WA - Cert IV in Preparation for Health & Nursing Studies


  • BSBITU313 – Design and produce digital text documents   

  • PREASU403A – Apply academic skills

  • PREMHS402A – Provide information on the fundamental principles of microbiology used in health settings

  • BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately​

  • PREAPU401A – Provide information on human anatomy and physiology​

  • PREPHC405A – Use fundamentals of physics and chemistry in a health context​

  • PREMHA404A ‐ Use mathematics in a nursing and health context



​This course is used as a stepping stone to move onto more specific courses, either within the VET sector or University. A Completed Cert IV can be used as entry requirements into most universities including Murdoch, ECU, Curtin, and others across Australia. 

52831WA - Certificate IV in Preparation for Health & Nursing Studies is a pathway program. It isn't a requirement for any employment opportunities. We have designed this course to give you the best foundation for a career in any health or science industry. 

Here are some suggested University courses that you could aim for: 

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • Bachelor of Medical Science

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Sports Science

  • Bachelor of Nursing*

  • Bachelor of Psychology

  • Bachelor of Social Work

  • Bachelor of Paramedicine

  • Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

*Nursing is competitive - although you may meet entry requirements, there is no guarantee of acceptance. This is also the case for ATAR entry. 

You are able to use your completed Cert IV + English competency to apply for any University course that requires a score of 70. There are a lot of options out there for you, so think outside the box! Always have a backup plan. Explore different career options! 

Don't forget about TAFE/VET Courses too! 

  • Cert IV in Allied Health

  • Cert IV in Mental Health

  • Diploma of Nursing

  • Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

  • Diploma of Mental Health

Our Program

Throughout 2019, our teachers and students have participated in the following: 

  • Excursion to the Red Cross Blood bank donor centre and laboratory

  • Excursion to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

  • Excursion to the New Children's hospital 

  • Excursion to the Ronald McDonald House for Sick Kids

  • Incursion with St John Ambulance

  • Incursion with paramedics

  • Incursion with pharmacist

  • Incursion with Occupational Therapist

  • Incursion with Speech Therapist

  • Incursion with a pathologist

  • Incursion with nurses including paediatric, renal, emergency dept, intensive care and oncology

  • Incursion with sonograph, Xray, MRI and CT specialist

  • Incursion with a GP

  • Incursion with a nutritionist

  • Incursion with the defence force


We also provide a 2-week international medical experience providing basic health care to the slum communities in India. This is in line with an international volunteer organisation called Plan My Gap Year and is an optional extra for our students. Throughout this experience students (and our trainers) are provided opportunities to work within hospitals, medical camps, pathologies, surgeries, Xray, ultrasounds and more. All of these experiences provide us with opportunities to learn how health care is provided and this can result in discussion points within the classroom and additional activities about diseases and injuries. 

Minimum Requirements & Application Details

Cert IV can be completed over 3 or 6 school terms each using a flipped classroom method where students will be provided content, videos, podcasts, activities, excursions, incursions as well as case studies and scenarios in our online environment, followed by time in the classroom to put their knowledge and skills into practice. 

You can choose to do both the Cert III Health Services Assistance and IV over year 11 and 12 and graduate with 2 certificates! 

If you are in school:

Students wishing to study with us MUST HAVE have achieved a C grade minimum in Science, Maths and English in year 10, and also have passed their NAPLAN/OLNA requirements. To start the process, you will need to get in contact with your school's VET Coordinator to request their support for you to complete this qualification. You will need to complete the Expression of Interest Form and get their signature on it and then forward it to us for approval. We run our programs on either a Thursday or Friday during school terms. If your school does not release students on these days - please get in contact to discuss your situation and hopefully we can help find a solution!

If you are not in school: 

You must satisfy minimum competencies that can be completed in the following ways:

  • Evidence of previous education within the last 3 years.

  • Previous certificate/qualification completion.

  • Completion of a Language, Literacy & Numeracy test.

Complete the application document that can be downloaded by clicking the blue button above. Send it to and we'll get in contact about how to get you started. 

Important note: If you are studying online, you will need to provide evidence of your ability to complete simple skills using measurements and tools used in health care. This can either be done via video or by trainer assessment.

Study Options and Costs

This course is available in the following options:

Face to face (Only available to school-aged students): 

  • One Year Program: 1 day/week during the school terms 1-3 ($2400). 

  • Combined with our Cert III in Health Services Assistance: Face to Face ($4100).


  • Completely online ($2200). This option is available to anyone.  

  • Combined with our Cert III in Health Services Assistance: Online ($3800)