Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.xml Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
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OtherFull time - 6 months, part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$1710 (2016)


February, July




Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Due 30 November or 31 May

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street and blended delivery online


If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this six month online programme will equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate multiple, complex patient care demands in your chosen specialisation.

The postgraduate certificate in health science offers a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health.

The programme is characterised by the option of advanced study with a specific health science endorsement, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills. Some endorsement options exist - Child and Family Health, Elder Health (available from 2018) - however the certificate can also be completed without a specific endorsement.

To achieve the certificate you need to complete two of the available courses within two years.

Programme structure

To complete this Other you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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
  • An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline with a B average or better

Alternative requirements
  • If you do not hold an undergraduate degree in health science you may:

    • provide evidence of having completed a relevant professional qualification; and
    • provide evidence of successful completion of a relevant qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

    If your undergraduate degree does not provide the basis of study at the level required for more advanced study, enrolment in transitional or undergraduate courses may be required before admission to this programme.

Additional requirements
  • Interview

    • Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

    Where preparation is sought for specialty or advanced nursing practice, you must also:

    • Be a Registered Nurse
    • Hold a current Practising Certificate
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.










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Next steps

Please complete an admissions and enrolment form.

Application documents

Career opportunities

If you're a New Zealand registered nurse or health professional, this is an excellent opportunity for ongoing professional development resulting in a formal qualification. You'll graduate from the programme with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate multiple, complex patient care demands in your chosen specialisation.

Study pathways

Beyond this qualification you could consider a postgraduate diploma in health science or a Masters in nursing or health science.