Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Health (Level 4)

Decided you want to pursue a career in the healthcare industry but don't have the required academic qualifications to enter a diploma- or degree-level programme?

This Certificate offers the perfect solution as it will help you to bridge the gap! Working as a healthcare professional is extremely rewarding as you'll contribute to the wellbeing of your community and have the chance to really make a difference in people's lives. There is a worldwide demand for qualified professionals to care for and work with individuals and many of our higher level health qualifications are internationally-recognised and will allow you to apply for registration in New Zealand as a practitioner in your chosen field. Otago Polytechnic offers diploma and/or degree programmes in Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Services and Physical Activity, Health and Wellness.

Successful completion of this programme may help you to meet the academic entry criteria for entry to our health-related degree programmes. These programmes also have non-academic entry requirements so you may need to plan ahead!   

Study core subjects such as academic communication, mathematics and bioscience for health. Two electives are available during semester two - an introduction to careers in health and an introduction to midwifery (if you are considering a career in Midwifery). Embrace the opportunity to gain confidence, study skills and knowledge in a supportive environment with the guidance and advice from experienced teachers. Benefit from the blended, flexible delivery format, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.

Please note: During the first semester of the full-time programme (February), your learning will centre around a lot of Level 2 and 3 information. If you have therefore already achieved NCEA Level 3 or higher, you can apply to enter the six month, full-time programme starting in July where you will complete the remaining Level 3 and Level 4 modules and electives. 

All certificate and diploma qualifications are currently being reviewed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Qualification titles and content may be altered as a result of the review but any changes will be introduced and communicated over a transitional period so that there is minimal impact on students. 

Skills required
  • A good work ethic.
  • Motivation and commitment.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry for February 2017 start. 
  • Entry in July, 2017 requires advanced standing. You must demonstrate that your qualification and experience is equivalent to the outcomes of the Certificate in Health (Level 3) (e.g. NCEA Level 3 or other Level 3 qualifications). It is preferred that your qualification includes Science and English. 
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 6.0.
Progression to our health-related degrees

Due to the high demand for places, successful completion of the Certificate in Health will not automatically guarantee you entry to our health-related degrees.

minimum B+ average pass, achieved across the four courses during semester two, is required to meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery. For Midwifery, this must include a B+ in bioscience 2.

These programmes also have non-academic entry requirements so you may need to plan ahead! Please contact Otago Polytechnic to discuss your pathway to a health-related degree. Email info@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 762 786.  

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

This programme has open entry and students are accepted on receipt of a completed application.

Additional costs

You will need the text 'Introduction to the Human Body: The Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (Gerard J.Tortora and Bryan Derrickson)'. 

Programme specific risks

The Bioscience for Health 1 and 2 courses incorporate practical laboratory sessions, some of which involve chemicals and animal tissue. If you study Working with Others during semester two, you need to be conscious that this may raise personal issues as there is an emphasis on personal development and self-awareness. You will have access to counselling services through Student Health if required.

You will study

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 by distance, you are also required to attend three compulsory block courses per semester either in Dunedin or at Whiteria Community Polytechnic, Porirua.

SEMESTER ONE (complete all)

Bioscience for Health 1

An introductory course in chemistry, cell biology, human anatomy and physiology.

Mathematics for Health

Revise basic numeracy skills. Prepare for health and science calculation by studying measurement, drug calculations and statistics.

Academic Communication

Prepare to study health programmes by developing your academic reading, writing and information literacy skills.

Information Skills

Develop basic information literacy skills which are required for other courses and further study.

Computing Skills

Develop computing skills for academic study at diploma- or degree-level. Apply word-processing principles and functions to produce documents, create a presentation using PowerPoint and learn to use and evaluate spread sheets.
(Includes Work Processing (Unit Standard 111), Excel Spreadsheets (Unit Standard 2784) and Powerpoint Presentation (Unit Standard 5940).

SEMESTER TWO (complete all)

Bioscience for Health 2 (Level 4)

Building on Bioscience for Health 1, advance your understanding of human cell structure, function and biochemistry. Learn about embryology and organ formation and develop your knowledge of the normal structure and function of various human systems.

Personal Professional Development (Level 3)

Through active participation, group work, peer and self-assessment, develop the communication and interpersonal skills essential for effective relationships in professional health work.

Academic Communication 2 (Level 4)

Prepare to study health programmes by developing your academic reading, writing, research and presentation skills. Learn how to search health databases, find health information, and plan and write a variety of health documents.

ELECTIVES (choose at least one)

Introduction to Careers in Health (Level 4)

Gain an introduction to careers in the various health professions. At the completion of this course, you will be able to outline the main aspects of the New Zealand health care system, evaluate the relevance of careers in the various health professions to your contexts and career plans, and make an informed choice in regard to your career and training options in the health sector.

Introduction to Midwifery (Level 4)

Obtain an introduction to broad areas of interest to midwifery. This elective provides a framework within which to examine issues relevant to future midwifery study. Gain an introduction to midwifery practice, the profession of midwifery and the socio-political context of midwifery in New Zealand.

Your workload

This is a full-time programme and you should expect to spend around 40 hours per week accessing required learning resources, completing assignments and undertaking self-directed study.

Qualification structure 

SEMESTER ONE (complete all)

 

 

Course Name

Level

Credits

Bioscience for Health 1

3

15

Mathematics for Health

2

15

Academic Communication

3

15

Information Skills

3

5

Computing Skills

2

10

   

Total

 

60

SEMESTER TWO (complete all)

 

 

Course Name

Level

Credits

Bioscience for Health 2

4

30

Personal Professional Development

3

10

Academic Communication 2

4

10

ELECTIVES (choose at least one)

 

 

Introduction to Careers in Health

 

10

Introduction to Midwifery

4

10

Total

 

60

 

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this 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.

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