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

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Postgraduate CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

CH4072

Domestic

$1779 (2019)

Starts

February, July^

International

$10,855

Credits

60

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

Level

8

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year

Location

Online *

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 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.

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

^ Please note that not all courses are offered in both semesters, and that some courses are prerequisites for others.

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.

Recommended school subjects

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 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
  • 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 .

    OR

    • 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, Pearson 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 REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.0

READING

6.0

WRITING

6.0

LISTENING

6.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Please complete an admissions and enrolment form.

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.