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Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy

Prepare for registration to become an in-demand, qualified osteopath.

There's strong demand for qualified osteopaths in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. This qualification enables you to gain the necessary additional skills and knowledge required to apply for registration to practice with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand*.

The programme involves case-based learning which is clinically relevant and focused on ensuring you’re competent and safe to enter the profession.

Among other things, it covers how to: work professionally, ethically and legally in primary healthcare settings; apply ethical decision-making processes to your practice; apply interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and professional values to your practice for people with diverse needs and backgrounds; and how to respond culturally and safely when working with patients, colleagues, healthcare workers and communities.

As part of the programme, you’ll undertake 555 hours of supervised clinical practice at Ara's osteopathic clinic.

*To enrol for this programme you must first have completed the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$24,300 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year

Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health.

If your degree was completed more than two years ago you may have to undertake an entry test.

In order to access an individual placement in this programme, you may be required to provide evidence of immunity to particular infectious diseases or other health requirements specific to the practice

Consent to Disclosure of Information:

  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • The form will be sent by Ara to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department.
  • Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

In order to be successful in this degree you need to demonstrate you are a person of good character, therefore the following should be submitted with your application:

  • Personal statement; this should outline why you have chosen this programme and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
  • Two referee reports which provide evidence of good character and personal attributes.
  • Interview; Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

If you do not hold the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health 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 is not assessed as meeting the full requirements for this programme, enrolment in transitional or undergraduate courses may be required before admission to this programme.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.5 Academic

  • 6.0 Listening
  • 6.0 Reading
  • 6.0 Writing
  • 6.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

Strong demand for qualified osteopaths means there are many job opportunities available both in New Zealand and overseas. Upon completion of this programme, you can apply for registration to practice with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement means you can also apply for registration in Australia. There are many other countries you can work in, following successful completion of their registration processes.

Study pathways

Further study options include the Master of Health Science. Ara is currently developing additional pathways to support the professional development of its graduates.

Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Prepare for registration to become an in-demand, qualified osteopath.

Information
Type Postgraduate
Code CH4064
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 8
Reference CH4064-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$24,300 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
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Additional Entry Requirements

If your degree was completed more than two years ago you may have to undertake an entry test.

In order to access an individual placement in this programme, you may be required to provide evidence of immunity to particular infectious diseases or other health requirements specific to the practice

Consent to Disclosure of Information:

  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • The form will be sent by Ara to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department.
  • Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

In order to be successful in this degree you need to demonstrate you are a person of good character, therefore the following should be submitted with your application:

  • Personal statement; this should outline why you have chosen this programme and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
  • Two referee reports which provide evidence of good character and personal attributes.
  • Interview; Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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