Health Bridging Certificate (Level 3 and 4)

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree. This programme is made up of two qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a health context and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) with a health context.

About the programme 

Don't have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes?

This programme will help you bridge the gap! 

Gain confidence, study skills and knowledge in a supportive environment with the guidance and advice from experienced teachers, and benefit from the blended, flexible delivery format, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.

During semester one (Level 3), you will study core courses such as Communication Skills and Study and Career Skills and progress to courses such as Function of the Human Body and Introduction to Careers in Health in semester two (Level 4).

Successful completion of this programme may help you meet the academic entry requirements for entry into:

These programmes also have non-academic entry requirements, so you may need to plan ahead!   

This programme is made up of two qualifications:

  1. New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) - studied during semester one starting in February
  2. New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - studied during semester two starting in July.  
Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme two years part-time.

Courses

This programme is made up of health and community courses taught by blended delivery. Weekly tutorial attendance is required.

Tutorials will be held on campus if you are based in Dunedin and online if you are based elsewhere.

If you are studying online, you are also required to attend three compulsory block courses per semester, either in Dunedin or at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua.

It's important to note that the Bioscience for Health and Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body courses incorporate practical laboratory sessions, some of which involve chemicals and animal tissue.

SEMESTER ONE (Complete all)    
Course name Level Credits

Communication Skills

Learn how to communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media 

3 15

Personal and Study Skills

Develop focused skills for career and study pathways

3 15

Human Biological Science 1

Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, in terms of normal function within a healthy environment

3 15

Mathematics for Health

Gain essential numeracy skills and statistical knowledge relevant for health professionals in the healthcare sector

3 15
Total   60
SEMESTER TWO (complete all)    
Course name Level Credits

Skills for Successful Tertiary Study 

Learn how to access and use information technologies for academic and/or vocational purposes

4 15

Building Communication Competence

Build the skills to communicate and collaborate as a speaker and a listener in a learning group

4 15

Human Biological Science 2

Understand and apply the basic structure and function of major body systems

4 15

Introduction to Careers in Health

Progress personal goals for career development in the health profession

4 15

Total

  60

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.