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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice

Advance within your area of professional practice.

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 practice 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.

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

* This programme includes compulsory two-day onsite workshops at the Madras Street campus for some courses.

Please Note:

  • The programme is prominently online although some courses will have compulsory on site course days, please check with your course lead during the enrolment process.
  • Post graduate courses are tailored to be taken one paper per semester which is equivalent to approximately 20 hours per week of study, please seek guidance if you'd like to complete two paper per semester.
  • Not all courses are offered in both semesters, and that some courses are prerequisites for others. Part-time up to 3 years.
  • It is a good idea to contact us for academic planning and support, you can email us at

An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline.

If you do not meet the Academic entry criteria above, 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.

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?
  • The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.5 Academic

  • 6.5 Listening
  • 6.5 Reading
  • 6.5 Writing
  • 6.5 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

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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Advance within your area of professional practice.

Type Postgraduate
Code CH4081
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 60
Level 8
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Reference CH4081-STRU
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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