Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation)
Qualification Type Masters Degree
Level 9
Credits 180
Subject Area
  • Health » Other Health » Health not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners and recent graduates (in fields such as chiropractic, health Sciences, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport, and exercise) wishing to undertake an advanced programme of study in order to prepare for further study or to assist with obtaining a more senior position. The programme will enable them to extend their capability in critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership, and management in professional settings.
The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisation's employing graduates of the Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the advanced knowledge and capabilities (including analytical and research) that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to

set and justify priorities, solve complex problems using credible evidence in novel environments, and organise and manage resources related to wellness and rehabilitation or performance

design, carry out and communicate the results of significant research projects in the field of wellness and rehabilitation and relate the findings to the professional and research literature

analyse and critique professional and research publications in wellness, rehabilitation and related subject areas, identify practical applications and relate findings to their own research

apply their analytical and research capabilities to unfamiliar situations involving the application of wellness and rehabilitation practices

research, integrate and apply advanced understanding of wellness and rehabilitation approaches, assessment, training and methodology
demonstrate high levels of skill as a wellness and rehabilitation practitioner or in a research role in an organisation

think critically and act responsibly when confronted with academic or professional challenges
Education pathways
Graduates of this programme may seek entry to doctorate programmes of study.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this programme may seek employment in the private or public sector undertaking a range of roles including: ACC case manager, advanced massage therapy practitioners, clinical leadership and clinical specialist roles, complementary and integrative medicine professional, disability support services manager/professional, health promotion advisor, rehabilitation professional, spa/clinical practice manager, specialist advisor and health management roles, wellness, and life style coach.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree or graduate diploma in a relevant field (such as chiropractic, health Sciences, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport, and exercise) with at least a 70-74% average at Level 7 or a B grade average.
To proceed to a Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) from the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) or equivalent programme, applicants will be expected to have achieved a 70-70% grade or higher on average in that programme of study. All postgraduate diploma level papers must be at Level 8 or above.

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

Provisional Part-time Admission

An applicant who does not meet academic criteria may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission.
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved internal English Language Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below

IELTS test - Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - CAE or CPE with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
NZCEL - Level 5 with the Academic endorsement
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic score of 58)
City of Guilds IESOL - C1 Expert with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they

Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
Hold a bachelor's degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above

All enrolments in the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation), Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) and Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) are approved at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff as required. The Head of Faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the postgraduate programme.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview. Applicants may be required to provide copies of applicable certificates and evidence of previous achievements prior to the interview date.
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3650
Status Current
Created January 2017
Next Review December 2021
Content
Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) students will undertake a coherent programme of 180 credits approved by the Programme Manager and will follow one of two pathways.

The first pathway is designed for students who want to undertake more course work and consists of three compulsory components

WR800 Wellness and Rehabilitation Principles (30 credits)
WR810 Research Skills for Professional Practice (30 credits)
WR901 Research Project (60 credits)
and an approved selection of two papers worth 60 credits from the following list:
WR801 Advanced Practice to Support Older Persons' Well-being (30 credits)
WR802 Advancing Specialist Practice (30 credits)
WR803 Case Management (30 credits)
WR804 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Health (30 credits)
WR805 Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
WR806 Pain Assessment and Management (30 credits)
WR807 Special Topic (30 credits)
Elective 30 credits at level 8 or above from a relevant postgraduate programme

The second pathway is designed for students who want to undertake a more substantial research project and consists of three compulsory components

WR800 Wellness and Rehabilitation Principles (30 credits)
WR810 Research Skills for Professional Practice (30 credits)
WR902 Thesis (90 credits)
and an approved paper from the following list
WR801 Advanced Practice to Support Older Persons' Well-being (30 credits)
WR802 Advancing Specialist Practice (30 credits)
WR803 Case Management (30 credits)
WR804 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Health (30 credits)
WR805 Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
WR806 Pain Assessment and Management (30 credits)
WR807 Special Topic (30 credits)

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