Otago Polytechnic

Health bridging certificate*

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with the pre-requisites)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July*, 2018
  • Apply by November, 2017

If you don't have the academic entry requirements needed to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes, then this is the perfect option! This bridging programme can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science*. This year long programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4) from February, 2018. It consists of two separate 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)*. You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

  • Dunedin or Hamilton
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply by 30 June and 20 October

This exciting programme includes fieldwork placements and will lead to registration as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand. It is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

  • Online with compulsory block courses*
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply by January

Gain the confidence to engage in evidence-based practice and develop your research skills. Prepare for jobs in research-orientated positions or more responsible roles in occupational therapy practice.

Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Deepen your theoretical understanding and develop skills in a particular area of your professional practice. Gain knowledge that will enable you to apply for employment positions that require clinical expertise.

Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Build on the skills gained during the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice and gain an advanced level of knowledge in your chosen practice area, thus increasing your career prospects.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice in Health (Specialty)

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 31 January or 11 July

This high-level programme has been developed specifically to enable both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists to complete a postgraduate certificate. Deepen your theoretical knowledge to support your clinical reasoning, within the constraints of your practice environment, to ensure effective outcomes for clients of your services.

Master of Occupational Therapy

  • Online with one block course per year*
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply by January or July (domestic); January or May (international)

Embark on this qualification of excellence and develop your professional practice and research skills to internationally-recognised standards, opening up a world of employment opportunities for you.