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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

  • ID:CPIT640152
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline with a B average or better.
  • 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.

English requirements

  • 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 AraExamination 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.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 6.0 academic: speaking 6.0, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0.

Course Information

Take the next step towards specialist health management roles.

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 one-year online diploma is an interdisciplinary programme for qualified health professionals and health service managers.

It will equip you with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

You will spend time in independent study, critical reflection and field work in your place of study or place of work. The programme is characterised by the option of advanced study with a specific health endorsement, requiring a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience. Some endorsement options exist - Child and Family Health, Elder Health (available from 2018) - however the diploma can also be completed without a specific endorsement.

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

*This programme is delivered using a mix of online and face-to-face learning in class. It includes compulsory two-day 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.

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Pathway Courses

  • Beyond this qualification you could consider a Masters in either health science or nursing.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

At the successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to be involved in the implementation of change in your area of practice.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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