WSQ Higher Certificate in Healthcare Support
(Operating Theatre Support)


Learn the basic skills and knowledge of operating theatre procedures to assists surgeons and nurses in the perioperative environment. Upon completion of this course, you can work in a hospital Operating Theatre and Day Surgery setting.

Career Prospects & Progression

Skilled OTAs have good career prospects and are high in demand. Graduates can expect a stable and secure entry career in healthcare. With a friendly attitude, pro-activeness and good work ethics, graduates can look forward to good career progression.

Operating Theatre Assistant > Senior Operating Theatre Assistant

Award of Certification

WSQ Higher Certificate in Healthcare Support (Operating Theatre Support)
By SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Full Qualification Modules

  • Use of medical terminology in work activities
  • Perform lifesaving techniques
  • Work within a legal and regulatory framework in the healthcare industry
  • Demonstrate understanding of the sterile environment
  • Manage sterile stock
  • Lifting, transferring and positioning of patients
  • Handle and dispose waste
  • Comply with workplace safety and health policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate understanding of the operating theatre sterile environment
  • Prepare patients for surgery
  • Prepare operating theatre for surgery
  • Perform post operation activities


Recommended Modules (Optional)

  • Clean and disinfect reusable complex instruments
  • Inspect and pack complex instruments



3.5 Months (Full-Time)

Delivery Methods

The course comprises of classroom lessons, skills laboratory training and clinical attachment in a healthcare organization.

Assessment Methods

Oral/written tests, assignments and practical performance

Graduation Criteria

The criteria for graduation are based on students’ attendance and assessment results. Students must meet the 75% attendance criteria, as well as complete and pass all assessments of the course before they are able to graduate and receive their Certificate. All full qualification courses comprise theory, practical and clinical attachment assessments


  • 1 pass in GCE ‘O’ Level (any subject), or 1 pass in GCE ‘N’ Level in a relevant subject (e.g. Maths, Science) or, WPLN Level 4 (Speak, Listen, Read, Numeracy) and Level 3 (Write)
  • Certified medically fit for healthcare work by approved clinics
  • Completing a successful employability interview by HMI Institute

Course Fee

Fee Subsidy
Fee Subsidy

(WTS Only)
80% – 95%* course fee subsidy for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents that are offered admission into WSQ courses with HMI Institute of Health Sciences
Course Fee before SSG fee subsidy$9,465.00
SSG course fee subsidy$8,518.50$8,991.75
Course Fee after SSG fee subsidy$946.50$473.25
Course Fee payable
Course Fee after SSG fee subsidy inclusive of GST
(GST for 10% of Course Fee)

* WTS – Workfare Training Support Scheme

Other Fees (including 7% GST)

  • Application Fee S$53.50
  • Uniform Purchase (2 sets) S$70.40
  • 3-Month Medical Insurance Premium S$16.05
  • Pre-Admission Health ScreeningS$57.78

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