Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice.xml Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Postgraduate CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

Programme code



February, July^





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due


Online *

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

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 for advanced practice in the health sector, this six-month, full-time equivalent online programme will equip you with the confidence and skills to analyse and apply advanced knowledge and research relevant to your area of practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice offers courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health.

To achieve the qualification, you need to complete two elective courses from four options, within three years.

^ Please note: not all courses are offered in both semesters

* The Evidence for Health Practice course includes compulsory two-day workshops at the Manawa campus in Christchurch.

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 confidence, skills and advanced knowledge to apply to your practice.

Study pathways

Beyond this qualification you could consider a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice or a Masters in Health Practice or Health Science.

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Programme structure

To complete this Postgraduate Certificate you are required to complete 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.

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
English requirements
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.

    * IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any subtest).

    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.

    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Please enrol online using the link above

Application documents

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.