Certificate in Pre Health and Science Certificate in Pre Health and Science

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CertificateFull time - 5 months, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$2,525 - $3,075




$ 8,170



Course related costs

$300 texts



Domestic Applications due

Early enrolment advised

International Applications due

19 December for February start; 26 June for July start; 18 August for September start;


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru, and Online by distance


If you are seeking a career in health or applied sciences but need the necessary background studies, this open-entry programme will give you the skills and entry qualifications for a whole range of more advanced health or applied science related programmes.

On enrolment you will select a pathway of subjects relevant to your next level of study, such as the Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Imaging or Applied Science degrees. All Certificate in Pre Health and Science students study a number (or) of core subjects including human biology, cell and microbial biology, maths and academic literacy skills. You will also have the opportunity to select specialist subjects including chemistry, introduction to health and social services, interpersonal communication, algebra or statistics, dependant or which Pre Health pathway you select.

The Certificate in Pre Health and Science can be completed full time in five months or part-time within two years. We also offer a full time intensive option over 12 weeks, starting in September. This intensive option requires a commitment of around 45 hours per week (made up of class time and study time), and enables you to meet the entry requirements for degree and diploma courses starting the following year.

To succeed in this programme, you'll need a basic level of numeracy and literacy skills, and be able to dedicate sufficient time to meet the academic study requirements.

While this programme is open entry, English language requirements apply.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 50 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Results from specified courses within the Certificate in Pre Health and Science may be used for selection purposes according to pre-determined minimums.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

The Certificate in Pre Health and Science will introduce you to health and applied sciences and prepare you for further study in your chosen area.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you will be in an ideal position to progress to many other Ara programmes including:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Technology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness or Sport and Exercise Science)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology