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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice

International Close Date: Received all year

COVID-19 vaccination information

You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, most placement providers will require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.

Take the next step towards specialist health 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 online postgraduate 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.

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

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Please note:

  • This programme is delivered primarily online, however if you’re an international student, you will also

    participate in weekly face to face classes at Ara in Christchurch

  • Some courses involve compulsory onsite classes at Ara in Christchurch
  • Not all courses are offered in both semesters
  • This programme can be studied part-time up to four years

Find out more about our Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice (Registered Nurse Prescribing).

*If you are an international applicant, please be aware that (1) this programme does not lead to registration in New Zealand and (2) your course options are limited to the following:

Semester 1:
  • PGHL871 Nutrition for Special Populations
  • PGHL872 Health Promotion
Semester 2:
  • PGHL850 Advanced Practice: Pathophysiology
  • PGHL874 Healthcare in Aotearoa/New Zealand

An undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline or Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice or equivalent

Where preparation is sought for an endorsement, you must also: - be a Registered Nurse with a current Practising Certificate OR -be a Registered Midwife with a current Practicing Certificate.

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

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

Study pathways

Beyond this qualification you could consider a Masters in either health science or health practice.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Take the next step towards specialist health roles.

Type Postgraduate
Code CH4082
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 120
Level 8
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Reference CH4082-MAIN
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Additional Entry Requirements

Where preparation is sought for an endorsement, you must also: - be a Registered Nurse with a current Practising Certificate OR -be a Registered Midwife with a current Practicing Certificate.

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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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