Otago Polytechnic

Health bridging certificate*

Location

Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses 

Duration
One year full-time; two years part-time
Delivery

A mix of online and face-to-face teaching in Dunedin or online with three compulsory block courses in Dunedin or Porirua (Wellington) per semester. Please note: you must have access to the internet to complete this qualification

Credits
120
Level
4
Start
February, 2018
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Distance
    19 February 2018
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
  • Wellington
    19 February 2018

First intake - February, 2018

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 programme 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 admission to our health-related degree programmes. These programmes also have non-academic entry requirements, so you may need to plan ahead!   

Study core courses such as Communication Skills, Study and Career Skills, Mathematics, and Bioscience for Health in semester one. In semester two there are four core courses: Skills for Successful Teriary Study, Building Communication Competence, Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body and Introduction to Careers in Health. 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: This programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4). It consists of two Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)*. If you complete the full one year programme, you will graduate with both Certificate qualifications. 

*subject to final approval 

Skills required
  • A good work ethic.
  • Motivation and commitment.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry for February 2018 start. NCEA Level 2 or equivalent is recommended.
  • Entry in July, 2018 requires advanced standing. You must demonstrate that your qualification and experience is equivalent to the outcomes of the Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (e.g. NCEA Level 3 or other Level 3 qualifications). It is preferred that your qualification includes Science, Mathematics 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 5.0, with no band score less than 5.0.
Progression to our health-related degrees

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

A 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 at least a B+ in Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body.

These programmes also have non-academic entry requirements including language requirements for non-native speakers of English, so you may need to plan ahead!

Please note: Nursing applicants for whom English is a second language will also need to meet the language requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing, which is an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5. Midwifery applicants for whom English is a second language will also need to meet the language requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery, which is an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 7.0.

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'  by Gerard J.Tortora and Bryan Derrickson (7th edition or later). 

Programme specific risks

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.

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 Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua.

SEMESTER ONE (complete all)

Communication Skills

To enable students to communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media.

Career and Study Skills

To enable learners to develop focussed skills for career and study pathways.

Bioscience for Health

To enable learners to gain underpinning knowledge of chemistry, cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, in terms of normal function within a healthy environment.

Mathematics for Health

To provide students the opportunity to gain essential numeracy skills and statistical knowledge relevant for health professionals in the healthcare sector.

 

SEMESTER TWO (complete all)

Skills for Successful Tertiary Study

To enable learners to access and use information technologies for academic and/or vocational purposes.

Building Communication Competence

To enable students to communicate and collaborate as a speaker and a listener in a learning group.

Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

To enable students to understand and apply the basic structure and function of major body systems. 

Introduction to Careers in Health

To enable students to progress personal goals for career development in the health profession.

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

Communication Skills

3

15

Career and Study Skills

3

15

Bioscience for Health

3

15

Mathematics for Health

3

15

Total

 

60

     

SEMESTER TWO (complete all)

 

 

Course Name

Level

Credits

Skills for Successful Tertiary Study

4

15

Building Communication Competence

4

15

Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

4

15

Introduction to Careers in Health

4

15

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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